Last night I had two of my oldest friends over to dinner which is always a relaxed and fun evening... Wanting to keep my workload down to a minimum so as not to take over my talking and drinking time, I tried to prepare as much in advance as I possibly could. So once again I found myself turning to the fabulous Supper Club recipe book by Ms Marmite Lover, Kerstin Rodgers.
So dessert last night came from here and was Mousse au Chocolat Orange with Cointreau and Choc-dipped Physalis.
Here is the the book's version...
And here is mine using my Grandmother's beautiful old teacups which are truly love and have treasured for years...
I didn't use all orange-flavoured chocolate as I wanted it to be more chocolatey than orangey but I am sure with full-on orange flavour it would be absolutely delicious, and of course you can prepare it in advance and put it in the fridge...
For 4 people you will need- 150g orange-flavoured chocolate (good quality), 100g physalis fruit, 5 eggs with yolks and whites separated, 2 tbsp Cointreau.
Melt chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Pull back the leaves on the physalis and dip them in the chocolate. Place on baking parchment to cool and harden.
Add the egg yolks one by one and mix gently then mix in the Cointreau.
Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until they form stiff peaks. Fold them carefully into the melted chocolate and egg yolk mixture. Pour into ramekins (or tea-cups) and chill for at least 2 hours before serving with the physalis on the side.
Thank you Kerstin - another dessert triumph!