Chilled chocolate marquise is a festive dessert. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.
This rich, chilled chocolate dessert originated in France. According to some, the recipe honors 17th-century French aristocrat Marquise de Sévigné, who often extolled the benefits and joys of chocolate.
Oil for terrine mold or loaf pan
3 eggs, separated
⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons sugar
10 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate,
or mixture of the two
4 ounces unsalted butter, cubed
1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur
Crème anglaise and fresh berries for topping
Serves 4 to 6
1. Rub a terrine mold or loaf pan with oil and line with plastic wrap. You want enough wrap to hang over the edges like flaps. These should be long enough to cover the top of pan.
2. In a stand mixer, add egg whites and cream of tartar. Whisk until soft peaks form, then add sugar and beat on high for another minute until stiff but not dry. Reserve.
3. Add chocolate and butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-second increments, stirring after each increment, until chocolate is melted. (You can also melt the chocolate and butter on a stove using a double boiler.)
4. Whisk in yolks and liqueur.
5. Gently fold chocolate into egg whites, being careful not to deflate the whites.
6. Once combined, scrape into the prepared loaf pan or terrine mold. Fold over plastic wrap flaps to cover. Refrigerate overnight.
7. When ready to serve, flip pan and gently remove marquise. Unwrap and slice with a warm knife into 4 to 6 portions. Top with crème anglaise (or melted vanilla ice cream, in a pinch) and some fresh berries.