Chai tea and essential orange oil beautifully accentuate the flavor notes of dark chocolate in this Easy Chai-Spiced Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse for One.
There are some occasions that just call for chocolate and/or cake. Or maybe chocolate cake.
Namely, promotions, holidays, and birthdays.
Now, I don’t know how you feel about making your own birthday cake, but when your mom lives eight hours away and your husband has trouble boiling water for pasta (no joke…when questions arise like “how much water should I boil?” you know it’s easier to just do it yourself, lol), it’s probably safe to say you’ll be baking your own cake. Which, incidentally, I never had a problem doing.
My birthday is today. I made a birthday Fudgy Blueberry-Orange Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Avocado Ganache and shared the recipe over on my other blog, Healthy Sweet Eats. But sometimes you just need a little more chocolate…on your birthday or otherwise. Single serving chocolate mousse fits the bit quite nicely.
This recipe is chocolate mousse perfection for a few different reasons. It makes just one serving so if you’re craving something decadent, but don’t want a big batch of something tempting you all week, this is fabulous. It comes together in less than 10 minutes because if you’re anything like me, once you decide you need chocolate, waiting much longer than that really isn’t an option. And the flavor profile is just different enough to be interesting, but not so much so that it’s weird.
I love chai paired with chocolate, and a little touch of orange flavor adds even more dimension. Fresh fruit like blueberries or cherries are just icing on the cake.
It’s a delicious birthday treat, but just as perfect for satisfying a chocolate craving anytime.
- 90 g bittersweet chocolate (I used Chocoley’s Bittersweet Dark Indulgence Couverture Chocolate)
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) strong-brewed masala chai (spiced tea)
- 3 drops orange essential oil
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.
- Whisk the tea and orange essential oil into the melted chocolate.
- Place the bowl of chocolate over a slightly larger bowl of ice water and whisk until thickened like mousse, which will take about 5 minutes if you’re whisking by hand. If you over-whip and the mousse becomes grainy, reheat the chocolate mixture and start whisking again.
- You can serve it immediately or refrigerate. Note that after refrigerating it will stiffen a bit and may need to be re-whipped to smooth it out before serving.
Disclosure: I received the Chocoley products that I used in this recipe for free; as always, opinions stated are my own.