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Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise With Orange Créme Anglaise

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bittersweet chocolate marquisOne of Emeril Lagasse’s favorite romantic recipes is Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Orange Créme Anglaise. It’s the recipe most viewers wanted to see on Good Morning America in 2002.

Ingredients
1 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cup roughly chopped, toasted pistachios
1 1/2 cup cold heavy cream

Directions
1. Line a lightly oiled 6-cup loaf pan with plastic wrap and set aside.

2. In the top of a double boiler or in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, combine the chocolate and butter and melt until smooth, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and fold in the pistachios. Let cool.

3. In a bowl fitted with an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Whisk about one-third of the cream into the cooled chocolate, then gently fold in the remaining whipped cream. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and chill it overnight.

4. Unwrap the pan, invert onto a serving platter, and  shake gently to release. Remove the plastic wrap from the top and let sit at room temperature about 15 minutes to soften.  Slice into 1/2-inch to  3/4-inch  slices and serve with the Orange Créme Anglaise (recipe below) on the side, and garnish with the candied almond slivers (recipe below).

Orange Créme Anglaise

Ingredients
2 cups half and half
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar (you’ll divide in half into two 1/4 cups)
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, or other orange-flavored liqueur

Directions
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the half-and-half, vanilla bean and vanilla seeds, 1/4 cup of sugar and orange zest to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and discard the vanilla bean.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks until thick and ribbons form, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in about 3/4 cup of the hot half-and-half, and whisk until well incorporated. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan with the remaining half-and-half and remaining1/4 cup sugar. Cook stirring, over medium heat, until it forms a thick custard, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a clean bowl set in an ice bath to chill quickly. Add the Grand Marnier, and stir to combine.

3. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down on the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours, or overnight.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Candied Almond Slivers

Ingredients
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup sugar

Directions
1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and lightly toast, stirring.

2. Add the sugar, and cook, stirring until the sugar melts and the almonds are evenly coated. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet, stirring to separate the nuts. Let cool.

Makes 1/2 cup

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