White Orange Chocolate Mousse - The Cheat's Version

white chocolate mousse

I've been making this white chocolate orange mousse for years now. It's maximum wow factor with minimum effort. If you're looking for a dessert for a dinner party or a special occasion, you can't got wrong with this. Just a few ingredients and a quick whizz of a hand whisk and you're looking at a delicious, creamy, chocolatey mousse that will have guests cooing at your culinary skills, whilst you smugly insist that really, it was no trouble. Because really, it's no trouble.

orange zest

White Orange Chocolate Mousse (Serves 4) 

You'll need:

  • 200g white chocolate
  • 200ml double cream
  • zest of one orange
  • knob of unsalted butter
  • splash of water

1. Pop the chocolate (broken up into chunks), the butter and water into a bowl on top of a saucepan of boiling water. Stir until melted together and remove from the heat.

2. Whisk the double cream until stiff. I used an electric mixer, but you can use a hand whisk if you don't have one - it just takes a lot of arm power and a lot of time!

3. Add the zest.

whipped cream and orange zest4. When the chocolate has cooled to body temperature (ish), fold in the cream - try not to knock too much air out, but you can always give it another quick whizz with the whisk if necessary.

5. Pour into ramekins and leave in the fridge to set for a few hours.

white choc mousse6. Serve with a dusting of cocoa powder, dark chocolate shavings, candied orange peel, or whatever else takes your fancy. It's very sweet, so you don't need a lot per serving!

eating mousse