Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Eggless Chocolate Orange Mousse

A while ago I came across a Nigella Lawson recipe for Eggless Dark Chocolate Mousse, tried out by US Masala. They looked delicious but for me the ultimate chocolate mousse has to have something extra... orange!

So I amended the recipe to give me a chocolate orange fix, but the great thing is that you could add anything you like in there - try some kahlua for a coffee flavour, or for a non-alcholic route try coffee flavouring, or even add more vanilla extract, or mint flavouring...whatever added extra that you like :)

For me though, it will always be orange in chocolate!

Makes: 4-6 (I got 5 portions, in small cocktail glasses, and I think they were the perfect size)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1-2 hours

270 g (3 cups) mini marshmallows
50 g (2 oz) unsalted butter
255 g (9 oz) dark chocolate drops (or a bar broken into pieces)
60 ml (1/4 cup) hot water
250 ml (1 cup) whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp Cointreau (Grand Marnier would also work well, or 1 tsp of orange flavouring)

1. Put the butter, water, marshmallows and chocolate drops into a saucepan and heat until melted together. Stir every now and then to prevent sticking and to stop the chocolate from burning as it melts.

2. When thoroughly melted, set aside to cool to room temperature. I transferred the mixture to a bowl to help it cool faster.

3. Whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick.

4. Add the Cointreau (or any other flavouring that you like!) to the chocolate mixture and stir well. Now fold in the cream until you have a smooth consistency.

5. Pour, or spoon (I used a ladle!), the mixture into glasses or small bowls and put in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours, or until you want to eat them! I left mine for 1.5hrs, while we cooked and ate dinner :)

6. Eat and enjoy! I decorated the top of each mousse with a few mini marshmallows and chocolate drops. You could use a couple of coffee beans, or a sprig of mint, or even some orange segments for different looks depending on what you added to the mousse!

This was one of the best chocolate desserts that I've tasted! So easy to make and the texture and consistency is just perfect. The marshmallows add a nice sweetness so this isn't a bitter dish at all, even with the dark chocolate in there. I will definitely be making this again!

This will be my blog post for the Hearth And Soul Blog Hop, a recipe hop that happens every Tuesday :)


  1. Oh, this looks so creamy, dreamy, perfect! But I wouldn't expect anything less of a Nigella-inspired dish. I just want to sashay up in my robe with my spoon in hand and wander off into my own little world. Just me and this fantastic mousse!

  2. I just love the way this sounds ... just divine! ... of course my own go to combination is chocolate and hazelnut. :-)

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm your new follower now, too. I just love this recipe and can't wait to try it. Chocolate, marshmallows, and orange...YUM!

  4. Oh this looks so delicious!! What a great flavor combination!!

  5. What a gorgeous, delicious mousse - I love the glasses you used to serve this with - perfect! I love orange or raspberry flavored chocolate it just gives it a special something! thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  6. Totally fabulous presentation and I think addition of orange is definitely a nice touch. Will keep this in mind next time I get around making these :)
    Thanks for the link back :)

    US Masala

  7. Hi Aurelia, I wanted to personally welcome you to the hearth and soul hop! I am now following your lovely blog. I adore chocolate and orange because as a child my mother used to get us the Toblerone chocolate oranges at Christmas time to put into our stockings! I also adore a creamy dreamy mousse like this! Thanks so much for sharing it with us on the hearth and soul hop! All the best, Alex

  8. Hi Aurelie, thank you for visiting my space and for the lovely thought.....Chocolate and orange...hmmm...heaven!!and that too without eggs...YUM...happy to follow u. keep visiting.

  9. Oh, I like the idea of using Grand Marnier.


  10. This looks so elegant and I like that there's no eggs in this. I bet this would also make a lovely filling for a pie. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. those look beautiful and so elegant. thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment.

  12. Hmmmm...such a lovely treat! Can't wait to try it!
    Love your blog too! I'm your newest follower! :)

  13. Wow, that looks incredible, Aurelia! I'd definitely opt for Grand Marnier in this dessert. :-) Now to just find healthy marshmallows to use.

    Thanks for stopping by gfe! So happy to meet you and discover your blog. :-)


  14. Yum! And, yes, please! I love the orange and the other suggested flavorings too!

  15. Thanks for stopping by! ... you have a lovely space here and the mousse looks delicious ... I love all Nigella's recipes!!!

  16. Citrus and chocolate? Count me in! This looks delicious!

  17. Ohh wow!This looks amazingly gorgeous!That was a good idea to put a tinge of orange in there!

    You have such a lovely space out here...loved visiting your blog and going around...thanks for posting at Hearth and Soul...thats how I got to know you!:)


  18. It looks so velvety smooth and decadent. I always loved the orange-chocolate combination and this looks like the perfect dessert.

  19. Just stopping by from HearthNSoul. that moose looks devine! While I'm here I wanted to invite you to my Iron Chef Challenge which starts tomorrow and the themed ingredient is canned tomatoes. Link up a recipe and you'll have a chance to win a prize. Hope you can join in the fun!!!

  20. You're right, citrus and chocolate are best friends :), excellent recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  21. Loved the chocolate mousse and the glasses are looking so cool. Loved the fact taht it si eggless and wud certainly give it a try.