Orange Slice Bowl Filled With Orange Mousse

The right kind of food can turn even the dreariest day into a relaxing day on the beach, so add a little brightness to your day with the following treat! In an act of orange-ception, you'll find silky smooth, tangy orange mousse nestled in a gorgeous bowl made of flavorful orange slices. It looks fantastic, it tastes amazing, and best of all, indulging in this decadent dessert will help you get your daily dose of vitamin C!

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate

You'll Need:

For the orange slice bowl & orange syrup:

  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1¼ cups sugar

For the orange mousse:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • juice from 2 oranges (reserve the orange zest & orange peels)
  • 2 gelatin sheets, soaked
  • 1 cup whipped cream


  • 5-inch bowl
  • 6-inch bowl

Here's How:

1. Preheat the oven to 225°F. To make the orange slice bowl, cut 2 oranges into about ⅛-inch thick slices. Add the water, orange juice, and sugar to a saucepan and bring everything to a boil. Briefly blanch the orange slices in the liquid, remove them, and let them drain. Set the liquid aside for now as you'll need it for the orange syrup later on.

2. Line a bowl with parchment paper and arrange the orange slices around the inside of the bowl in an overlapping pattern.

3. Place the smaller bowl inside the bowl with the orange slices to weigh them down. Place the bowl inside the oven and cook for about 2 hours with the oven door slightly open in order to dehydrate the fruit.

4. Grate the zest of 1 orange, peel the other orange, and set both the orange zest and the orange peels aside for later. For the orange mousse, squeeze the juice from the 2 oranges you just used and add the orange juice, sugar, and soaked gelatin sheets to a saucepan and bring everything to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and let the contents cool to room temperature.

5. Fold the whipped cream and orange zest into the liquid for the orange mousse.

6. After 120 minutes, remove the orange slice bowl from the oven and remove the smaller bowl inside. Soak up the juice in the center of the orange slices with a paper towel and then let the orange slice bowl dry for about another 3 hours.

7. Blanch the orange peels from Step #4 in the liquid from Step #1 and let them dry in the oven until crispy. For the orange syrup, reduce the liquid from Step #1 until it reaches a syrup-like consistency. Spoon the orange mousse into the bowl, drizzle a little bit of orange syrup on top, and garnish with the homemade candied orange peels. 

In the end, you're left with a fruity dessert that still feels super satisfying to eat. Win-win!

Get the recipe for the Orange Tiramisu featured in the bonus video.


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