Deep in the heart of Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan, straight from the fruit, creams, frozen desserts and candies section comes this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie’s assigned recipe for a generous frozen chocolate mousse cake. I’m loving it’s regal sounding name of ‘marquise au chocolat’…and believe me this bittersweet chocolate mousse calls to all chocolate lovers loud and clear.
As good as French pastry is now, it seems that it may have been even better a few hundred years ago when chefs were creating over-the-top desserts like the ‘marquise au chocolat’ for the privileged of that time. Many classic French desserts from generations ago have never become old fashioned, they just live on and continue to make sweet lovers all over the world very happy.
On serving the marquise; Dorie notes to serve 1″ slices of the cold marquise with the choices of crème anglaise, a melted premium vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche or whipped cream. Under my ‘notes to self’ on serving ideas… I think fresh berries are naturals with a rich chocolate dessert like this, so I decided on blueberries… and also because I wanted to serve them with the blueberry macarons left over from a recent macaron baking extravaganza with my friend and fellow blogger Gina from SpcookieQueen. Here is her recipe for Italian meringue style French Macarons. Lucky me having blueberry macarons on hand to decorate my marquise but I also baked another batch of macarons with the egg whites leftover from the marquise recipe…couldn’t resist their allure.
Please check out the ‘marquise au chocolat’ creations from Tuesdays with Dorie here. We have been asked not to share the recipes from Baking Chez moi here, but if you’re interested in making this decadent frozen chocolate mousse cake, I suggest picking up your very own copy of Baking Chez Moi and then you’ll have all the recipes. I also found a marquise recipe with a photo to check out here from Leite’s Culinaria. Here is another fun chocolate marquise recipe, layered with a box of after eights mints and another yummy photo, by Gordon Ramsey for bbcgoodfood.com