Sunday, February 1, 2015

Marquise au Chocolat

The first time I had eaten Marquise au Chocolate was when a friend made it for a small group of us for New Year's last year.  It was incredibly delicious, but we didn't know what the proper name for it was - we called it "fondant." When I got Baking Chez Moi, I read through this recipe and thought it sounded extremely familiar, so I was very happy that it was a selection for the Tuesdays With Dorie group, and can confirm that it was like the "fondant" we had.

This is pretty much a fancy frozen chocolate mousse that I served with vanilla crème anglaise.  I was so happy that I made the crème anglaise because it really complements the chocolate well - I cannot express in words how good these two taste together! 
The Marquise au Chocolate recipe was very straight forward. The only caveat with this recipe is that it uses uncooked egg yolks; I was sure to use very fresh organic egg yolks for this.

The first step was to melt butter with chocolate.

Second step was to mix the egg yolks, sugar, and fleur de sel.

Third step: combine the results of steps 1 and 2.

Fourth step: Whip up some heavy cream.

Fifth step: Fold everything together

Sixth step: Carefully put everything into a lined loaf pan and stick it in the freezer for several hours.

While the Marquise au Chocolat was in the freezer, it was time to start making the vanilla crème anglaise. I had never made this before, so I made sure to read the steps over and over. It seemed like something where everything had to be prepped ahead of time because the process read to me like it were time sensitive.

More egg yolks were needed for this.

Along with some milk, cream, and vanilla beans.

This smelled so good...

Dorie's recipe yielded about 2.5 cups of sauce.

The Marquise au Chocolat was finally ready to be served with the vanilla crème anglaise. I wish I knew of a way to make this more presentable, but the creases in the plastic wrap lining made that difficult for me.

It's okay, though. The Crème Anglaise made everything better!

Marquise au Chocolat recipe on page 357 and Crème Anglaise recipe on page 441 of Baking Chez Moi.


  1. What great process photos! I was sort of unhappy with my unmolded loaf as the plastic left little lines in it but then as I look around the blogs, I see that it was a normal occurrence and that they all look different and individual...sort of like a fingerprint for each dessert and now I'm thinking it is nice to see those little lines and they make me smile. It's good to have friends to cook/bake brings new dimensions to everything.

  2. This was a wonderful recipe, and so very decadent and delicious! Kudos for making the Creme Anglaise! Your dessert looks heavenly!

  3. Bravo for making the creme anglaise...I would have if I was serving for others at a dinner party, or for my sweetie, if he was coming to town for Valentine's!

  4. Your process photos are wonderful as always. I loved the creme anglaise with it as well - it's no wonder it's a classic pairing.

  5. Your pictures look so delicious! Now I want to make and eat a marquis all over again. But this time with crème Anglais like you did!

  6. Ooh, wishing I had made some creme anglaise now. Looks terrific!

  7. Great step by step photos! I also enjoyed seeing your presentation on the blue plate it looks lovely.

  8. Oh, I so wish I had made the crème anglaise! I can just imagine how wonderful it tasted with this dessert.

  9. Oh yum! I'm reliving the whole wonderful process of creating a marquise, now I wish I could just have a little taste... I remember a dessert like this too and I will have to think about the name!?! Great job and beautiful presentation :)