Do you enjoy marrying orange and chocolate?
Well this dessert is perfectly made for people who enjoy the zesty taste of oranges and chocolate.
I also tried for you candied orange peels that you may like to eat them alone or with chocolate or you may use them to decorate your desserts.

Chocolate and Orange Mini-Pies


Orange Curd

  • Put the orange juice and the zest in a cooking pan and bring to boil.
  • In the meanwhile, mix the egg, the egg yolk and sugar till the mixture’s whitens, then add cornstarch.
  • Pour the boiled juice slowly on the egg mixture and stir.
  • Bring the mixture on medium fire till it turns creamy.
  • When the cream is ready, remove from fire add the butter cut into cubes and mix well until butter completely melts.
  • Pour the curd in a glass bowl and cover with cellophane. Make sure the cellophane is in contact with the cream to avoid having a solid cream layer on top when it cools.
  • Let the curd cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Candied Orange Peels

  • Wash and peel the oranges.
  • Remove the white layer of the orange peels then cut into 2mm-thick slices.
  • Cover the sliced peels with water and bring to boil for 15 minutes. Strain through a colander, then repeat the operation again twice. This will reduce the bitterness of the orange peels. At the end, the orange peels will turn translucent.
  • Bring the water and sugar to boil, then add the orange peels.
  • Let it boil for half a minute and remove from fire.
  • Spread the candied orange peels on a parchment paper and let dry overnight. You can also cover it with granulated sugar.

The Pie

  • First step is to bake the shortcrust pastry in the over at 180°C for at least 20 minutes. When it is ready, let it cool for half an hour before use.
  • In the meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a water bath.
  • Garnish the pie or mini pies with the orange curd.
  • Pour chocolate on top then decorate with candied orange peels.
  • Let your dessert cool in fridge before serving.

Chocolate and Orange Mini-Pies