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
- Adapted from Manu's Menu.
- Serves 4-6.
- 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 eggs, separated
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 shot of orange liqueur (I used Grand Marnier)
- ¼ cup cream
- Beautiful, ripe berries to garnish...I used Driscoll's raspberries
- Gently melt the chocolate in microwave, set aside and let it cool down slightly.
- Whisk the egg yolks and the sugar with an electric mixer until pale yellow.
- Add the melted chocolate, orange liqueur and cream and mix well till combined.
- Beat the egg whites with clean beaters till stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold whites into the chocolate mixture using a lifting and rolling motion, so that the mousse remains fluffy.
- Put the mousse in 4-6 serving glasses and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Just before serving, garnish with luscious, ripe berries, mint and sweetened whip cream if desired.
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.