I just love the combination of dark chocolate and orange, like this one I made for Christmas last year. Marquise is a very dense, rich, chocolate dessert and in my opinion orange gives it the extra kick without making it too sweet.
Now I know some marquise recipes do not require any baking, but simply chilling. This one, however, is cooked in bain marie and it could be just that giving it the beautiful moistness without the feeling of eating pure chocolate mousse. Not that there would be anything wrong with that either :-)
Enjoy this with friends because not only is this rich, it is also a recipe for 6-8 people. Recipe from Chocolate Ecstacy.
Chocolate Orange Marquise
200g caster sugar
60ml freshly squeezed orange juice
350g plain dark chocolate (I used a combination of 200g 50% chocolate & 150g 70% chocolate), broken into squares
225g unsalted butter, cubed
finely grated rind of one orange
3 tbs plain flour
icing sugar and orange rind to serve
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a round 23cm tin with a depth of 6 cm.
Place 115 g of the sugar in a sauce pan, add the orange juice and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted, then add the butter, cube by cube until thoroughly melted and evenly mixed.
Whisk the eggs with the remaining sugar until pale and very thick. Add the orange rind and fold in the chocolate mixture lightly and evenly. Sift the flour on top and fold in.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin. Place in a roasting tin and pour hot water in to reach about halfway up the sides of the cake tin.
Bake for 1 hour or until the cake is firm to touch. Remove the tin from bain marie and let cool. Turn the cake onto a plate and decorate with icing sugar and orange rind.