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Thursday
Apr282011

Orange Chocolate Mousse


I wanted to serve something special for dessert on Easter.  Something that always comes to mind when I think of Easter time is orange chocolate.  It is one of my favorites!  I was going to make extravagant looking cups made out of lady fingers for the mousse to sit in, but then I found these super adorable muffin cups at Pier 1 for 98 cents a piece, so I couldn't pass them up and instead, I passed up the lady finger cups.  I used this recipe from Closet Cooking.  What a delicious, but rich, dessert.

8 ounces Dark Chocolate
8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Orange Liqueur
Zest of 1 Orange
1 cup Whipping Cream

In a double boiler (or in the microwave) melt the chocolate, then set aside.  In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form.  Then, in a separate bowl, use the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat the cream cheese, chocolate, sugar, orange liqueur, and orange zest until light and fluffy.  Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese in two batches.  Pour the mixture into the containers that you will serve the mousse in, and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

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