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Chocolate Marquise - Diabolique!

Chocolate Marquise

At long last, it’s finally time to spring our big dessert surprise on our Daring (and Darling) Bakers! May is just about time for fresh fruits and ice creams, but before we embrace summertime completely, we wanted to bring you an absolutely over-the-top chocolate dessert – just in time for summer (and any other chocoholic celebrations).

Emma of CookCraftGrow and I, Jenny of Purple House Dirt, met while in pastry school nearly a decade ago, and ever since we’ve been baking together whenever we have a chance. Many years ago we worked side-by-side at a local restaurant where we learned this dessert, a chocolate marquise, and because it was unlike anything we’d learned in school, we kept it in our repertoires for truly special occasions. When we learned we’d be hosting a Daring Bakers challenge, we knew this was the dessert to share with all the other bakers willing to take it on.

Why is this dessert so special? Well, for starters, it’s rare for us to meet anyone who’s even heard of a marquise, much less tasted one. Nobody makes this dessert anymore. I found a recipe for it in a professional pastry curriculum, but I’ve almost never seen it in mainstream cookbooks, and rarely is it written about online (although there seem to be plenty of photographs). We’d better share it if we want to keep it alive.

It’s also a fairly involved dessert, if you make all of the components. Imagine a cube of spicy and creamy chocolate resting on a tuft of something that tastes like burnt marshmallow cream, drizzled with tequila caramel, spicy nuts, and some cacao nibs. Yum. But take away all of those accoutrements, and you have a lot of technique in these recipes, things you may not get to do every day. When was the last time you worked with a frozen mousse? Boiled meringue? A blowtorch?

The May 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Emma of CookCraftGrow and Jenny of Purple House Dirt. They chose to challenge everyone to make a Chocolate Marquise. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a dessert they prepared at a restaurant in Seattle.


This dessert has many, many components. The complete recipe is posted on the Daring Bakers site, and is available in halved and quartered amounts, as well as in a vegan version.

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Strawberry Marquise?

Thanks so very much for the excellent challenge! Mine ended up being delicious! I was thinking about doing a sort of baked alaska type dessert with the same methods like the cooked sugar mousse, but I want to flavor it strawberry. Do you have any ideas for how to flavor it and still get the same great mousse?

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Strawberry Mousse Parfait, perhaps?

Hi Ana!
You know, there might be another way to approach a strawberry flavor. Instead of starting with the marquise recipe, do a search on strawberry mousse parfait. The marquise is basically a rich chocolate mousse that's been frozen, so I don't know why the same approach couldn't be taken with a strawberry mousse. I found a recipe on epicurious.com for one - and rather than serving it as soon as it was done, I'd try freezing it in the same way you did the chocolate marquise. I bet it would firm up the same way and then soften when defrosted. You could even coat it in powdered sugar, or if you're feeling a little crazy, you could grind up freeze-dried strawberries (into a powder) and coat with those. It would certainly be brightly colored!

That would likely be the approach I'd take. Maybe later this summer I'll give this a try and will post my results too.

Good luck - if you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

Thank you - great choice!

Thanks so much for choosing such a wonderful dessert, and for taking the time with all the details instructions and photos! This was a great first challenge for me, and I look forward to many more together!

Thank you for inspiring all

Thank you for inspiring all of us! I learned so much in this challenge. And your version looks wonderful, of course. :)

Aha!

... this Seattle folk knows of what you talk about

Heavenly

This is just heavenly. It looks so great and what a wonderful challenge. I just heard about this daring bakers challenge but I sure hope I can start joining ya'll! Great idea and awesome dessert!

I am appreciating it very

I am appreciating it very much! Looking forward to another great blog. Good luck to the author! all the best!.

Daring Bakers Challenge

Thank you so much for hosting the charming Marquise Meringue Challenge. I learned so much while making it. Yours looks absolutely fantastic. I am still in love with it, although platonic love, as now the lovely marquise - and her royal companies- are resting on the sweet memories of my guests.

AWESOME DB Challenge!

Thank you so much for the awesome recipe you shared with us over on the Daring Baker's Challenge. I can already tell this will become one of my most favorite all time recipes to both make and eat! While there were lots of ingredients the recipe was easy to follow and the photos were a great help to guide us along the way. It's so uncommon that most people I know had no idea what a marquise was, neither did I, but we all know now and we LOVE it!

Thank you so much for such a

Thank you so much for such a wonderful crunchy, smooth, cool, warm, salty, sweet challenge! It was one of the best we've made so far :D

Awesome challenge!

I can't thank you enough for this challenge - not only was it fantastically delicious, but it inspired such creativity among all who attempted it, and I think it made each of us really feel like a pro, even just for a little while. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Great Challenge!

Thanks for a great challenge recipe . . . a wonderful recipe that was a huge hit.

Thank you for a wonderful challenge

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful challenge...it was truly an amazing experience and a wonderful recipe to add to the recipe book and use in special occasions...
You were super kind and helpful..

Thanks so much for hosting

Thanks so much for hosting this challenge for us! It was my first one and it was definitely challenging. :-D

WOW! As a member of a

WOW! As a member of a chocoholic household, we all thank you! Yours looks stunning, of course...that caramel is outrageously delicious! Thank you for hosting this fabulous challenge :)

Thanks for such a fun

Thanks for such a fun challenge this month! You did such a great job. Best, sandie

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for introducing us to this amazing desser! This is something I never would have dreamed to make at home, and I am so glad that you provided us with the opportunity and the support. You were a fabulous host, and I can't wait to see what you come up with in the future!!!

Thanks for the Challenge

Thank you for hosting this month's challenge! So far--this is my favorite for 2011!

Thank you for such a great

Thank you for such a great challenge this month! I really enjoyed making the marquise and all its bits and pieces.

Thank you!

What a fun challenge! Thanks for being such a great hostess and introducing us to this heavenly dessert. :)

Wonderful Challenge!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Jenny, you chose an amazing dessert for hosting, I would never have done it otherwise. You were such a wonderful hostess, supportive and encouraging, not to say inspiring. I wasn't very active in the forum this month, life just got in the way, but I checked each and everyone and I'm sure all of us learned tons of things this month. You did a brilliant job and your marquise is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!!

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the challenge! This dessert was totally new to me, and glad I got to make it. And I love your plating. Looks like a sugar and chocolate explosion! LOVE

Realy enjoyed the Chocolate

Realy enjoyed the Chocolate Marquise, thank you Jenney for hosting the May challenge.

Thanks

Jenny, thanks for hosting this month's wonderful challenge. Enjoy it so much... Bravo!!

Excellent challenge

Thank you for hosting this month. This was an excellent challenge. Your marquise looks divine.