Mousse au Chocolat- a-la- Orange
The week that i visited Sharmi's blog Neivedyam and came to know that she was hosting A Fruit a Month (AFAM) event and that the designated fruit of the month was the Citrusy Orange: i had an inspiration about what recipe to make out of it. And the source of my inspiration........ none other than Starbucks.......yes. You see i had just sampled the new Orange Mocha Frappucino the other day and the taste had lingered on. As a result, my mind was already doing the cartwheels. And lo and behold.... i thougt of making the sinfully tempting Chocolate and Orange mousse.
To my understanding mousse is a French dessert and my first memories of making a mousse date back 7-8 years ago using a Milkmaid recipe with a lot of help from my sister- it turned out awesome. It was one of our first few successes. Its been a long time, for after that attempt, i never again made a mousse until today. While making this mousse i drew upon my previous memories and had the pleasure of enjoying a truly melt-in-your-mouth kind of dessert. And even if i say so myself- it turned out oh-so-absolutely-lipsmackingly delicious.
1 medium navel orange
3 Hersheys semi-sweet dark chocolate(4.5 oz)
3 tbs sugar
1/2 pint whipping cream
2 tbs butter
3-1/2 tbs corn starch powder
1-1/2 tsp orange peel pieces
2-4 pieces of orange (for decoration)
1. Grate the skin of the orange to get the orange peel, carefully avoiding the inner white portion. Peel off the skin from the orange pieces and keep 1 slice aside. Blend the rest of the pieces in a mixer, strain (without the pulp) to get the juice with as less of the fiber as possible and add 2 tbs of sugar or as per your taste.
2. In a cooking pot (in which you have never cooked an Indian vegetable or curry), melt 2 tbs of butter, add the corn starch powder and mix well, avoiding any lumps.
3. Pour in the oranges juice and on a low heat, keep stirring it while adding the chopped dark chocolate pieces for 3-4 minutes. Set aside 4-5 pieces of the chocolate for the garnish.
4. Now add in the 1 piece of orange that you had previously set aside and the orange peel. Stir on a low heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn of the gas and let the mixture cool. Put it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes if you like to bring it to the temperature equal to that of the whipped cream.
5. In another bowl, whip the whipping cream into soft peaks ( the credit for whipping it goes to P, since i dont own a high speed blender, he whipped it for me by hand) and fold in the chocolate-orange mixture. Pour into martini glasses and put it in the refrigerator.
6. Serve chilled garnished with chocolate shavings and orange pieces.