Chocolate orange mousse, spiced fruit brioche and yoghurt sorbet

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

First published in 2015




Chocolate orange mousse

Spiced fruit brioche

Yoghurt sorbet

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

Cocoa syrup

To plate

  • 2 figs
  • icing sugar for dusting


  • Blow torch
  • Food mixer
  • Ice cream maker



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

  • 3 eggs
  • 10g of fresh yeast
  • 20g of caster sugar
  • 250g of plain flour
  • 25ml of water, warm
  • 125g of unsalted butter, softened

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

  • plain flour for dusting

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

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

  • 6 gelatine leaves
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 80g of caster sugar
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
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 transfer to a loaf tin, 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

  • plain flour for dusting
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
  • 2 figs
  • icing sugar for dusting
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
Lastly, arrange two slices of the caramelised figs between the quenelles and serve
First published in 2015

Nathan Outlaw cooks with understated brilliance and passionate respect for primary ingredients.

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