Prep 35 mins
Cook 5 mins
This is a Gordon Ramsay recipe. It has that WOW quality. An indulgent make-ahead dessert. (Can be frozen up to a month) Calls for overnight chilling. Don't let the long laundry list bother you because the dessert is worth it's while and isn't that hard. BBCgoodfood.com
- 10 5⁄8 ounces dark chocolate, Valrhona 70% good chocolate
- 5 1⁄4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 2⁄3 cup caster sugar
- 8 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 6 eggs
- 1 7⁄8 cups double cream
- 10 5⁄8 ounces after eights after dinner mints
- Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.
- Then assemble a bain-marie - do this by pouring a little water into a saucepan and placing the bowl over the water (making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl).
- Set the pan over a gentle heat and warm the water until the chocolate has melted.
- Take off the heat and leave to cool a little.
- Meanwhile, place the butter and half the sugar into another large bowl.
- Using a tabletop mixer or electric hand whisk, beat until the mixture is really light and creamy, then beat in the cocoa powder.
- Separate the eggs (the whites can be frozen for another time) and put the yolks in a third bowl.
- Put in the remaining sugar, then beat together until pale and creamy.
- To check if it's ready, make a figure-of-eight shape in the mixture with the beater -it should hold its shape for a moment.
- In a fourth bowl, whip the cream until thickened with soft peaks.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the butter mixture, and carefully stir through until it is well combined.
- Gently fold in the egg mixture.
- When this is amalgamated, stir in the whipped cream.
- Now line a meatloaf type pan (6.5 x 22cm tin) with 3 layers of saran wrap, leaving a 3 7/8" overhang.
- Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag with a large nozzle attached. (Or use a plastic zip-lock bag and snip it in the corner.).
- Pipe a layer over the bottom of the tin, then cover this with a layer of After Eights (cut some in half to ensure they fit).
- Pipe over another layer of chocolate cream, followed by a layer of After Eights.
- Continue until you have 4 layers of chocolate mints and the tin is full, finishing with a chocolate cream layer.
- Fold over the cling film, then chill overnight or up to 2 days.
- Just before serving, place the marquise in the freezer for 10 minutes to make it easier to slice.
- Place the tin, bottom side up, on a serving plate, slide off the tin, then peel away the cling film.
- If you have a blowtorch, quickly run the flame over the surface of the marquise to give it a glossy sheen.
- Alternatively, dip a palette knife in boiling water and smooth the surface that way.
- Use a serrated knife dipped in boiling water to cut the marquise into slices.
- Enjoy it is worth every last bite!