My sweetheart's favourite cake is chocolate-orange cake - and Nigella's simple and heavenly storecupboard chocolate orange cake is one of my staples here. However, I wasn't on a cakey mood last weekend, so I followed the Greek hob-to-table moussaka with chocolate orange mousse. Yummy.
Again, the original recipe comes from a Finnish website - this time from their biggest dairy producers, Valio. I did adjust it a little - replacing lemon juice and vanilla extract with orange juice, as well as using orange chocolate (well, I was trying to 'replace' a chocolate-orange cake here, remember:) I also slightly played with the amounts this time, upping the amount of cream cheese. Here's my version. Second time I made it, and still pleased with it.
Orange chocolate mousse
150-200 grams of plain cream cheese (low fat is fine)
100 grams of dark chocolate (I used Tesco Finest with orange bits)
1 Tbsp of sugar
100 ml whipping cream
some freshly squeezed orange juice (0.5 - 1 fruit)
Cream the cream cheese with a mixer or a wooden spoon, season with orange juice (and a dash of Grand Marnier, perhaps?) .
Whip the double cream/whipping cream with sugar, fold into the cream cheese mixture.
Melt the chocolate (leave a small piece aside for garnish) in a microwave, cool a little and stir into the cream cheese mixture.
Put into small glasses. Grate some chocolate on top.
Put into the fridge until ready to serve.
NB! Strawberries go nicely with this!