Part of the exam was to cook and present two pre-determined dishes in about an hour and a half. The dessert we had to make was "Appelsin Fromage", or "Orange Fromage". Fromage is a mousse made with gelatine and whipped cream. The other dish was a mushroom velouté, which I'll post in the future.
I practiced this dish SO many times, that I was sending desserts to the university where my husband works and having them judge it. We could never have eaten it all, and we were just so sick of eating orange mousse at home. I had dreams about oranges and mushrooms, and getting a low grade. I was so stressed!! I made some changes to the recipe and made it my own, and in the end, I ROCKED that mousse!! I recieved a grade of 12, which is the equivalent to an A+, and the highest grade available!
The mousse is super light and rich with a refreshing orange jelly on the top for a bit of tanginess and balance. Serve with candied nuts and some caramel shards on the side with a big dollop of whipped cream for a lovely summer treat that doesn't feel too heavy.
You can find the recipe here.