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New York, USA
April 2011

Walnut Grove Recipes

Bitter Chocolate & Orange Delice

Serves 6

  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 25g butter
  • ½ leaf of gelatine
  • 25ml hot water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5g bitter cocoa powder
  • 200ml olive oil
  • 5 egg whites
  • zest of 1 orange finely grated
  • Orange Caramel Sauce
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 25ml Grand Marnier
  • 100ml orange juice


1. Melt chocolate and over a bain marie and stir in diced butter until butter is melted too, put to one side.

2. Soak gelatine leaf in cold water until soft, then dissolve in the hot water, leave to one side.

3. Whisk egg yolks and cocoa powder together then slowly add olive oil whisking all the time (like making mayonnaise). Add gelatine and water, then fold gently into the chocolate mixture.

4. Add the lightly beaten egg whites to the chocolate mixture, fold in - the egg whites are not whipped, just lightly stirred until they are "broken".

5. Place into moulds three quarters full of the mixture. Put to one side and make the caramel sauce: in a small saucepan add the sugar and a couple of tablespoons of water, bring to the boil and simmer until it is caramel (golden) colour. Add the orange juice and Grand Marnier, and leave to cool.

6. When the mixture in the moulds are half set make a whole in the middle (we used the handle of a wooden spoon) and pour in the orange caramel sauce until the hole is full. Top up with the rest of the chocolate mixture and refrigerate until set. 

7. When serving, dip the dariol moulds into hot water and tip out onto a plate.

Serving Suggestions

Great chocoholic pudding! We serve it with candied orange zest and sauce Anglais.

Advanced Preparation

Can be made up to two days before.

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