These Orange Chocolate Mousse Domes are one of the most elegant dessert you can prepare for upcoming holidays. Not only it looks impressive but the flavor combination is simply amazing, as oranges and chocolate are making a special combination perfect for holiday season. I really loved the texture the candied orange peel is giving to this heavenly dessert so I recommend not to let it out.
Though it is looking as a hard recipe to prepare at home, it is quite easy actually, you just need enough patience to prepare it as it requires a bit of work in advance. Hope you will try these Orange Chocolate Mousse Domes and let me know if you do. Enjoy!
Orange Chocolate Mousse Domes
- 1/3 cup (80ml) orange juice (from about 1 orange)
- 1 tsp (5g) orange zest (from one orange)
- 1 tbsp (15g) sugar
- 2 tbsp (30g) cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp (2g) gelatin powder
- 1 tbsp (15ml) orange juice
- Candied orange peel , chopped
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup (70g) sugar
- 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tbsp (20g) butter , melted
- 1 tsp (5g) orange zest (from one orange)
For soaking the genoise
- 2 tbsp (30ml) Orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
- 5.5 oz (150g) semi-sweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup (120g) whipping cream
- 2/3 cup (160g) whipping cream (35% fat) , chilled
- 1 tsp (4g) gelatin powder
- 1 tbsp (20ml) cold water
- 6 oz (175g) white chocolate , small pieces
- 1/3 cup (80g) water
- 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
- 3.5 oz (100g) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp (10g) gelatin powder
- 1/4 cup (60ml) cold water
- White and orange food coloring for colored mirror glaze
- Prepare the orange cremeux. In a bowl mix the yolk with sugar until creamy and light yellow colored.
- In a small bowl place the gelatin and 1 tbsp orange juice and let swell for 5-10 minutes.
- In a small saucepan bring to a boil the orange juice, orange zest and heavy cream. Remove from heat and pour one fourth of the boiled mixture to the yolk, for tempering, stirring continuously. Pour the yolk mixture to remaining boiled orange mixture, return to heat and continue cooking until just starts to thicken , don’t over cook.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the bloomed gelatin. Place small cake pop silicone molds on a baking tray and pour the mixture. Add candied orange peel on top of each and freeze until ready to use.
- Prepare orange genoise. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Grease a 9×13 inch (23x33cm) pan and line with parchment paper.
- In a heatproof bowl add eggs and sugar. Mix to combine. Place over a pan with simmering water and continue mixing for about 7-8 minutes until thick and tripled in volume. Be careful not to cook the eggs, the mixture temperature should not get higher than 122F (50C).
- Remove from heat and continue mixing until slightly cool. Mix in orange zest.
- Gradually mix in sifted flour and melted butter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 10 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove from oven, let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Prepare chocolate mousse. In a heat proof bowl add the semi-sweet chocolate and 1/2 cup (120g) whipping cream. Place the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water, over low heat, until all the chocolate is melted. Meanwhile dissolve gelatin in cold water and let it swell for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add bloomed gelatin over the melted chocolate and stir to dissolve. Let the chocolate mixture cool completely at room temperature.
- Whip the remaining 2/3 cup (160g) chilled whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add melted chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.
- Domes assembly. Cut genoise cake into 2.7 inch (7cm) disks. Brush each with orange liqueur or simply some sugar syrup.
- Place 2.7 inch (7cm) half circle silicone molds on a baking tray and using a ½ inch (1cm) plain tip pipe some chocolate mousse, into the base of the molds and use a spoon to spread the mousse on all sides of the molds. Add some more chocolate mousse up to half of the mold.
- Add orange cremeux on top of each and pipe chocolate mousse around it.
- Top with liqueur soaked genoise disks and reeze overnight.
- Prepare mirror glaze. In a small bowl place the gelatin and 1/4 cup (60ml) cold water and let swell for 5-10 minutes. Place the chocolate in a bowl and set aside.
- Place water, sugar and condensed milk in a saucepan. Bring it just to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in the bloomed gelatin until it is dissolved.
- Pour the hot mixture over chocolate. Let sit for about 5 minutes until the chocolate is melted. Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. Add vanilla extract and white food coloring. Sieve the glaze. Pour about ½ cup of glaze into a small bowl. Add orange food coloring and process to combine. Add orange glze to white glaze and stir slightly to create a marbled effect. Let the glaze cool to 90-95F (32-35C) before pouring over the frozen domes.
- Remove domes from molds and place over a rack placed on a parchment paper lined baking tray.
- Pour the marbled glaze over the domes, carefully transfer the domes to a serving platter and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours.
- Decorate the bottom of each with chopped white chocolate and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.