Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Marquise au Chocolat

Marquise au Chocolat from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe brought back sweet memories for me. When I was little, my mum used to make a dessert called “Chocolate Catastrophe”. It was a very rich frozen chocolate mousse and I think the catastrophe part was to do with what happens to your waist-line if you eat too much because it certainly was a winner taste-wise.  The other “catastrophe” piece was the fact that our mousse never came out of the mould. As in: At. All. So my mum, sister and I sat around eating it out of the giant mould with spoons. Kind of like the way my sister devours chocolate coeur à la crème. This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie made me realise I totally need to hunt down that recipe. If I find it, I’ll post it. In the meantime, I offer you this.

When I read the recipe for Marquise au Chocolat (p 357 in Baking Chez Moi), I immediately thought of “Chocolate Catastrophe”. Except that the photo accompanying the recipe was elegant and refined. Nothing like the three spoons digging into a frozen mixture that won’t come out of the mould. But the ingredients and the description of the texture sounded a lot like my mum’s dessert.

Dorie Greenspan Marquise au Chocolat on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe technique for this mousse has you whipping cream, melting butter and chocolate and blending egg yolks into the melted chocolate (much like Dorie’s Top Secret Chocolate Mousse) then mixing it all together, pouring in a loaf tin and freezing it for 6 hours.  A few people over on the Problems and Questions on the Tuesdays with Dorie site questioned the “uncooked egg” factor – something I had not actually considered since I lick bowls and beaters all the time with uncooked egg on them (and Dorie’s mousse is my “go to” for the classes I teach!) but as I was serving this at a party, I thought I should perhaps investigate a way to “cook” the eggs before they were blended into the chocolate.

Marquise au Chocolat for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat I ended up doing (adapted from this recipe over on Serious Eats) was bringing a saucepan of water to a boil, lowering it to a low simmer and placing the glass bowl of egg yolks and sugar over the top, beating with an electric beater until it reached 160˚F. That took a LONG time. The mixture was lovely and silky by the time I was done (beware the edges of the mix will cook slightly so don’t scrape those into the mousse!).

As I was mixing the eggs into the slightly cooled chocolate, I realised I had forgotten the butter (!) so I put the whole lot – eggs, sugar and chocolate (which by now had hardened into a paste) over a bain marie with the butter and let it all melt together again. The mix was smooth and only slightly grainy but by the time I had it in the whipped cream, it was fine. A lovely silky smooth mix.

After 6 hours in the fridge it was fully frozen (I had enough for a 9×5″ loaf tin as well as three 6oz ramekins) though I had some trouble getting this out of the tin – next time I would place a strip of parchment underneath the plastic wrap lining the tin to make it easier to pull the mousse out. I was worried that it might melt if I dipped it in warm water too long. It was fairly easy to slice for this photo but later on I took it to a party (hence the cooking of the eggs – wasn’t sure who would be eating it!) and it was a little tricky to cut neat slices. Oh well, it tasted GREAT. SO happy I have two ramekins sitting in my fridge still! And yes, I’ll be making this again.

Dorie Greenspan Marquise au chocolat from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Get Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Marquise au Chocolat here and read all about it here or on page 227 of Baking Chez Moi.

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36 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Marquise au Chocolat

  1. Kayte February 10, 2015 at 08:35 #

    Wow, your unmolding job went well…it looks perfect. I was all worried about those little lines from the plastic wrap but I see that a lot of people had those so maybe that’s just the way it goes with this. Mine came out easily, but maybe that is because I had a small tiny loaf pan it was in. Berries are a really good idea with this, aren’t they?

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:10 #

      Yeah I don’t know what to do about the lines from the plastic wrap… I used a small-ish loaf pan too.

  2. Liz February 10, 2015 at 12:39 #

    Yours is styled perfectly! Great tip about home pasteurizing AND the parchment strip (which I desperately needed!). Well done, Mardi!

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:09 #

      Thanks – the parchment strip trick is really a stroke of genius – if I do say so myself!

  3. Ryan February 10, 2015 at 13:15 #

    Wow! That’s a great idea about adding a strip of parchment paper to line the pan. You did a nice job unmoulding your marquise!

  4. Lynn February 10, 2015 at 13:22 #

    So fun discovering other foodies (hopped over here from Jamie @ Life’s A Feast). This mousse would be a spectacular finish to a Valentine dinner! Look forward to checking out more here 😉

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:08 #

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 This was a wonderful dessert and would be perfect for St Valentine’s Day!

  5. Diane Zwang February 10, 2015 at 14:40 #

    I love the memories of “Chocolate Catastrophe”. Sounds like a really fun way to eat. I do read your recommendations and follow them. A hot knife did the trick for perfect slices for me. Have a great week.

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:07 #

      Sadly a hot knife wasn’t an option on a dessert buffet table!

  6. Amy February 10, 2015 at 15:39 #

    I love that you eat your kitchen catastrophes with a spoon right out of the dish. That’s the way we do it at our house too!

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:07 #

      Well we wouldn’t have wanted to waste it, right?

  7. Mr. Neil February 10, 2015 at 16:11 #

    Now luckily Mardi made a supremely minified one as well (as she would, of course) – which we shared for a nice rich dessert.

    Shades of her sister and mum there – it was so good, we were carefully watching each other’s spoon-digging-scoop sizes. 😉

    An absolute winner.

  8. Kathy February 10, 2015 at 16:38 #

    Your Marquise au Chocolat looks fabulous! I also used the Serious Eats post to prepare my eggs. I feel as you do…I eat raw cookie dough, and lick spoons, but I didn’t want to serve it to someone else who might get sick! Happy Tuesday, Mardi!

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:06 #

      Right? At home I won’t be heating the eggs but serving it to others I felt a bit more leery!

  9. Nana February 10, 2015 at 17:34 #

    Mardi, I never gave eggs a thought. When Tricia and her brother were young, and the grandkids came along, I did a lot baking with them. But, for some reason, after reading about the raw eggs, I just stopped short. Maybe it’s silly, but who knows. This was a fantastic dessert,
    an definite keeper.

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:05 #

      Yeah I don’t know I would bother heating the eggs again either…

  10. Margaret @approachingfood February 10, 2015 at 19:25 #

    Oooh, your slices look perfect! And I love the line about it being a catastrophe to your waistline — if I ate it all, it definitely would be! (but so tasty!)

  11. Zosia February 10, 2015 at 19:39 #

    Your marquise looks beautiful and has a lovely texture…maybe heating and beating those egg yolks is the way to go even if you don’t have concerns about the raw yolks (I don’t and used them raw).

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:05 #

      I don’t know I would bother actually but it was good to learn!

  12. Pam M February 11, 2015 at 00:33 #

    Yes, I remember Chocolate Catastrophy. Send me the recipe, I am determined to master it after all this time. I’ll try Dorie’s as well because yours looks stunning.

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 10:04 #

      I made it last night and it was FAB 🙂 Sending you the recipe 🙂

  13. Patty February 11, 2015 at 17:15 #

    Beautiful job on your Marquise au chocolat 😉
    I kept thinking of the Marquis de Sade for some strange reason, I would of rather thought about spooning into a giant tin of heavenly chocolate!

  14. Rachelle February 11, 2015 at 19:51 #

    “Chocolate Catastrophe’. It was a very rich frozen chocolate mousse and I think the catastrophe part was to do with what happens to your waist-line if you eat too much” made me giggle… this must be what happen to me since my baggy pants don’t seem to be too baggy after last weekend!

  15. Cakelaw February 13, 2015 at 19:48 #

    LOL – this would be fun to eat out of the mould with spoons. Glad you enjoyed this treat.

    • Mardi Michels February 14, 2015 at 09:58 #

      Thanks – in the ramekins it worked well too!

  16. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission February 13, 2015 at 21:14 #

    I can just picture you all eating out of the mold with big spoons! Sounds quite fun actually. Your mousse looks beautiful!

  17. steph (whisk/spoon) February 15, 2015 at 13:58 #

    looks velvety and delicious!

  18. Carlene February 17, 2015 at 00:31 #

    Yours looks great! I had some plastic wrap lines too, but I think they give it character. 🙂 I started to heat the eggs over water and gave up and just went with it. I don’t generally like egg over easy, but yes, all my life I have tasted raw egg “batter” of one kind or another.

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