Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier #SecretRecipeClub

It is with sheer delight that I reveal my Secret Recipe Club blog today: Manu’s Menu. I met Manu in the early days of my blog…we were both on Foodbuzz as well as members of The Daring Bakers. She made a tri-layered panna cotta that was incredible for one DB challenge…and I knew I’d return to her blog again and again! I’m sure I was still in a dimly lit room taking photos with a flash and Manu was styling her gorgeous dishes with ease. She also throws epic parties for her two children…from incredible food for the adults and children to amazing birthday cookies and cakes. As usual, I went to her dessert recipes, then narrowed it down to something chocolate. With the holidays approaching, I decided to make her classic Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier for our Christmas dessert. Thank you, Manu, for being a friend and constant inspiration!

 

If you’d like this recipe in grams, please visit Manu’s blog. I translated it to US measurements, doubled the recipe except for the Grand Marnier. Mine may have a  bit more sugar as I rounded the amount up to the nearest cup measurement…and I used semi-sweet for the dark chocolate, but feel free to use bitter-sweet if you prefer.

Thanks, Manu, for making our Christmas dinner extra special this year!!! xo

Secret Recipe Club

Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier…#SecretRecipeClub

Ingredients

  • Adapted from Manu's Menu.
  • Serves 4-6.
  • 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 shot of orange liqueur (I used Grand Marnier)
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Beautiful, ripe berries to garnish...I used Driscoll's raspberries

Instructions

  1. Gently melt the chocolate in microwave, set aside and let it cool down slightly.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks and the sugar with an electric mixer until pale yellow.
  3. Add the melted chocolate, orange liqueur and cream and mix well till combined.
  4. Beat the egg whites with clean beaters till stiff peaks form.
  5. Gently fold whites into the chocolate mixture using a lifting and rolling motion, so that the mousse remains fluffy.
  6. Put the mousse in 4-6 serving glasses and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before serving.
  7. Just before serving, garnish with luscious, ripe berries, mint and sweetened whip cream if desired.
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Disclosure: I was sent coupons for complimentary Driscoll’s berries. I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. The opinions stated are my own.


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Comments

  1. Grand Marnier and chocolate is a dynamic duo! Love the little glass cups. Very inviting!

  2. Like you, Manu makes some of the most awesome desserts so how right it was for you to make this! Perfect! I love chocolate mousse but the Grand Marnier definitely makes this special! Hand me a spoon please!

  3. I love this Lizzy look amazing and love the pictures , awesome!

  4. What a lovely recipe, Manu has such a great blog. I love chocolate and orange together, it just seems so lux.

  5. Beautiful presentation, Liz! Your photos are so pretty!

  6. I love the flavor punch alochol can add to sweet treats! This sounds just incredible and as always, your photos are stunning!

  7. Gravitating to chocolate and it looks so gorgeous. I’m surprised that Kim hasn’t been by here. With the Grand Marnier you’re totally speaking her language. :)

  8. What a delicious looking treat!

  9. Grand Marnier is a fav of mine, and mousse is one of my top 3 favorite desserts of all time. I am bookmarking this, will let you know when I make it!!!

  10. I also like Manu’s blog – she has some great recipes. This makes my mouth water just looking at it.

  11. Who would not love to dip a spoon into this gorgeous treat! I love the small dessert cups you used as well. Beautifully done. :)

  12. The virtual food world is an amazing place! Awesome dessert.

    Velva

  13. This looks silky smooth and oh how I would enjoy some right now.

  14. Wow Liz, I love this. It looks so creamy. I could eat two or three of these!

  15. This looks amazing Lizzy! Another great idea for Valentine’s Dinner. I can’t imagine your pictures ever looking bad – you always make everything look so appetizing and beautiful. I’ll have to go over to Manu’s Menu and see what it’s all about!

  16. I would love to make this for my family… of course in 2 versions, alcoholic ones for us and non-alcoholic ones for my boy :D

  17. My dear friend Liz.
    Some problems are not leaving to visit my friends forever, and I’m seeing that I lost many delicacies. This chocolate mousse is divinely delicious. The presentation is so beautiful and elegant. I loved it, I want all the glasses for me! ha! ha! kisses

  18. What a great idea using Grand Marnier! The mousse looks amazing! I haven’t had a good chocolate mousse in forever! I must make one! My Husband would be so happy! He has such a chocolate thing, more than and I and that’s saying a lot!!

  19. Ooooohhhh how luscious!

  20. How yummy! I love adding grand marnier into recipes!

  21. Fact: I don’t do much chocolate. I’m a failure as a woman, I know. But I do like a chocolate/orange combination, and in the dessert would like creamy dessert. I definitely like boozy anything, so make it orange booze, chocolate and creamy…oh yeah, this savory girl would be all over that.

  22. You had me at chocolate :)

  23. I used to taste a lot of Grand Marnia during my “flying” days, but have since forgotten how it tastes like. Thks for bringing back the old charm!

  24. Always smart to go with desserts. This is a new blog for me. I will have to check it out. Good to see the SRC posts up and running again.

  25. I was planning on something chocolatey for thei Valentine’s day. This certainly is inspiring!

  26. Ohhhhhh how I wish I had this in front of me right now. Delish!!!!

  27. I don’t cook with alcohol but the pictures are drool worthy :)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, Lizzy.

  28. Beautiful arrangement of chocolate mousse in glasses. Really gorgeous.

  29. OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooo happy you had my blog!!!!!! It feels amazing to know you have made (and liked!) one of my recipes, Lizzy! You are one of my biggest inspirations, especially when it comes to desserts and I feel really honoured! THANK YOU for all your sweet words about me and my blog! <3

  30. Wonderful chocolate mousse! I always knew Manu has many great recipes:) not enough time to try all good things i find.. :)

  31. Lizzy , those boozy chocolate mousse look fabulous ! Photos are as delicious as those mousse :D

  32. How cool to to be able to choose a recipe from a friend’s blog! :) I love Manu’s desserts and you picked a good one. Looks so yummy and I’d even lick the glass! Love the cute red and white fabrics contrasting to chocolate brown. :)

  33. Definitely bookmarked for Valentine’s Day. Love the addition of the Grand Marnier – there’s nothing like chocolate and orange together!!!

  34. This looks absolutely heavenly!

  35. Your mousse looks divine my friend, perfect for a summery day :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  36. Your pictures are gorgeous! And i adore the chocolate orange flavor combo, so this is totally right up my alley.Too bad I have no real reason to make chocolate mousse and fear that if I do, I’ll eat the entire recipe’s worth.

  37. Lovely photos Lizzy! I just had lunch but could totally have this right now in my belly!! Hope you’re doing well and staying warm!! :)

  38. This looks totally incredible (and your photos are perfect)!!!

  39. Very very tempting!

  40. Delicious! I made Julia Child’s chocolate mousse on her 100th birthday in August. Darn, that’s good stuff. I didn’t check, but I’m sure this is similar! Anything chocolate and mousse works for me. ;)

  41. it’s incredible when we can connect with other people in our virtual food realm :)

    your mousse looks fantastic! very pretty and light.

    happy src reveal! xo, kristy

  42. Oh so lovely!

  43. So, first, I have to tell you how beautiful these photos are! I love the red and the berries with the chocolate. Secondly, this sounds AMAZING. Sounds like I have a reason to pick up some Grand Marnier. (pinned this too)

  44. Lizzy,
    Mmm… Delicious. Can’t wait to try it. I’ve never made mousse.

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