Brioche is a slightly sweet French bread, rich with eggs and butter, and it gets a festive spin in this multi-faceted dessert - jam-packed with fruit, it provides a perfect accompaniment to the citrus tones in the chocolate mousse

To make the brioche, put the eggs, yeast, sugar, flour and water into the bowl of a mixer and mix until a dough forms. Add the butter and mix for 6 minutes on a high speed
Drain and chop the stem ginger, then add to the bowl along with the salt, cinnamon, cranberries, figs and sultanas. Mix for 2 more minutes
Transfer the dough to a floured bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place to prove for 30 minutes
Whilst the dough is proving, make the sorbet. Bring the milk, glucose and sugar to the boil. Whisk well until the sugar is dissolved, then remove from the heat and cool. Strain the yogurt then whisk in to the mix
Churn in an ice-cream maker until frozen then tip into a freezer box. Freeze until needed
To make the mousse, soak the gelatine in cold water. Mix the egg yolks and caster sugar together in a bowl
Bring 300ml of the double cream together with the milk and orange zest to a boil. Pour the mixture onto the egg yolks and sugar then return to the pan and cook over a low heat until the mix thickens a little
Making crème anglaise or custard
When stirring the mixture on the heat be sure to use a flat edged spoon, moving it continuously along the base of the pan so the mixture does not catch
Remove from the heat. Finely chop the chocolate and stir in, along with the gelatine and cocoa. Place the pan over a bowl of ice to cool. Meanwhile, semi-whip the remaining 160ml double cream
When the chocolate custard mix is at room temperature, fold in the cream until fully incorporated. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 2 hours before serving
When the brioche dough has proved, knead it to knock it back. It will be ready when a dent made into the dough doesn’t pop out. Shape into a cylinder, then cover with the damp cloth and leave until doubled in size
Heat the oven to 240°C/Gas mark 9. Remove the cloth and flour the top of the brioche. Cook for 15 minutes until golden brown and the underneath sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut into 1.5cm deep slices
To make the cocoa syrup, simmer all ingredients together for 2 minutes. Strain and cool
Cut the fresh figs into quarters, dust with icing sugar and lightly caramelise the sugar under a blow torch
Swirl the cocoa syrup across each plate, and place one piece of brioche on top. Quenelle a scoop each of the mousse and sorbet, and place either side of the brioche
To quenelle, hold a spoon with the rounded bottom up. Place the far edge of the spoon into the mixture with the near edge close to the surface but not touching it. Drag the spoon towards you, twisting your wrist up. The mixture should curl up with the shape of the spoon and fold into an egg shape
Lastly, arrange two slices of the caramelised figs between the quenelles and serve
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Chocolate orange mousse

Spiced fruit brioche

  • 10 eggs
  • 40g of dried yeast
  • 80g of caster sugar
  • 1kg of plain flour
  • 90ml of water, warm
  • 500g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp of stem ginger
  • 20g of Cornish sea salt
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 30g of dried cranberries
  • 30g of dried figs, chopped
  • 30g of golden sultanas
  • plain flour for dusting

Yoghurt sorbet

  • 200ml of full-fat milk
  • 120g of liquid glucose
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 300g of natural yoghurt

Cocoa syrup

  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 120ml of water
  • 60g of 70% cocoa powder

To plate

  • 2 figs
  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. Blow torch
  2. Food mixer
  3. Ice cream maker

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A rich chocolate orange mousse is paired with spiced fruit brioche and yoghurt sorbet in this decadent dessert by Nathan Outlaw

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