Chocolate Pâté (en Francais – Marquise)
July 7, 2015
This Pate is absolutely the best, the bomb (as my son would say). It comes from the Loire Valley from Monique. I absolutely LOVE it, it is so, so decadent and so, so easy.
- Yields: Serves 6
Make Candied Orange in advance of making your Pâté!
To make the Candied Orange, grate 2 large thick-skinned oranges using a regular kitchen grater (orange zest should be in thin strips, not too fine though - kind of marmalade-like consistency). In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the orange zest, and boil about 3 minutes 3 Minutes. Drain and repeat the boiling process three times, changing the water each time. Drain. In the same saucepan, dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in 1/2 cup water. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil, and add the orange zest. Simmer over low heat until all the liquid has evaporated, and the zest is covered with the thick syrup, 8 to 10 minutes 8 Minutes. This recipe makes about 1 cup, you need about ½ cup for the Chocolate Pâté recipe, or more according to your taste buds. Keep the rest for the next time you make this Pâté - yes it IS that good!
Heat chocolate and butter slowly together in a double-boiler (en Francais - au bain Marie), add egg yolks, mix in candied orange, walnuts or praline. If you don't have a double-boiler then place a metal bowl overtop of a large saucepan half-filled with boiling water.
Place your Pâté in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours. Take out prior to serving to allow for easy slicing. Tip: Heat your knife in hot water prior to slicing (dry it of course), it will glide through your Pâté! Your love will love this for sure...what's not to love?
This is such a simple dessert to make and it is sure to impress! If you do not eat it all, you can freeze it and it keeps really well.
* In French cookery praline is a powder or paste made of caramelized almonds and/or hazelnuts.
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