Chocolate Orange Mascarpone Mousse 

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1. Gather Ingredients 

Collect all the necessary ingredients, which typically include dark chocolate, mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, sugar, orange zest, and orange liqueur (optional). 

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2. Prepare Chocolate 

Begin by melting the dark chocolate. You can do this using a double boiler or by microwaving in short bursts, stirring frequently until smooth. Set it aside to cool slightly. 

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3. Whip Cream 

In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over-whip, as this can lead to a grainy texture. 

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4. Mix Mascarpone and Sugar 

In another bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese with sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. 

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5. Incorporate Chocolate 

Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, fold it into the mascarpone mixture until well combined. Ensure that the chocolate is fully incorporated but try not to overmix. 

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6. Add Flavor 

Gently fold in the orange zest and, if desired, a splash of orange liqueur for added flavor. This will give your mousse a delicious citrus kick. 

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7. Fold in Whipped Cream 

Carefully fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mascarpone mixture. Use a gentle folding motion to preserve the light and airy texture of the mousse. 

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8. Chill and Serve 

Transfer the mousse into serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until set. Garnish with additional orange zest or chocolate shavings before serving, if desired. Enjoy your decadent Chocolate Orange Mascarpone Mousse! 

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