White chocolate & strawberry marquise

White chocolate & strawberry marquise

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus chilling


Serves 8 - 10
A decadent make-ahead dessert that even the most saintly of guests won't be able to resist

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal400
  • fat28g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.14g
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  • 6-8 sponge fingers
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 300g white chocolate, broken up
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 200ml double cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 500g strawberry



    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…


  1. Line a 1.2 litre loaf tin with a double layer of cling film allowing it to overhang the edges. Arrange rows of sponge fingers, widthwise, across the base. Sprinkle evenly with 3 tbsp orange juice.

  2. Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl with the butter. Microwave on Medium for 1½-2 mins, gently stirring halfway through. Whisk cream with 1 tbsp icing sugar until it just holds its shape. Fold in the melted chocolate until evenly mixed.

  3. Select 8-10 even sized strawberries. Spoon half the chocolate mix into tin, then put selected strawberries down the centre of the tin, pressing down gently. Spoon over remaining chocolate cream and smooth the top. Fold overhanging cling film over marquise. Chill for at least 24 hrs, preferably 2 days in the fridge until set.

  4. Weigh out 250g of the remaining strawberries, roughly chop them and put in the food processor with 2 tbsp icing sugar and 1 tbsp orange juice. Blitz until smooth, then press through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Chill until needed.

  5. To serve, unmould marquise and cut into thick slices. Serve with strawberry sauce and a few reserved strawberries.

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Retired and happy
23rd Apr, 2017
This is too sweet for us, even though I left out the icing sugar and used 300ml of cream. The filling is too solid, the sponge fingers are mushy and have no noticeable taste of orange.
20th Jan, 2016
Made this for a dessert at a barbecue. Was really lovely, very sweet so you don't need to much in each serving but delicious nonetheless. Super easy to make. Would definitely make again.
2nd Jun, 2015
This is lovely - I've made it plenty of times and never had a problem with it setting. Well worth making the sauce to go with it as it's nice and fruity and goes well with the sweetness of the white chocolate.
24th Aug, 2014
This has been in my fridge for 48 hrs and is still soft. Very disappointing won't be making again.
25th Nov, 2013
I made this with raspberries as one of my guests had a strawberry allergy. It was delicious and everyone loved it, the raspberries gave it a real tang which offset the sweetness of the chocolate.
10th Aug, 2013
So easy to make, and absolutely delicious! I've made it several times and there was never any left over. One of my favourites!
30th May, 2013
loved it!! very easy to do and I used milk instead of white chocolate since I am not a fan of the latter! maybe be using milk the taste will not be as sweet.. also I omitted the sugar from the blitzed strawberries and used a liquor instead of the orange juice..
17th Jan, 2013
Bearing in mind how a lot of people have said this is too sweet, is there a way of making it less sweet?
24th Oct, 2012
Hi I'm looking to make this for a dinner party next week - but with raspberries. I was wondering if it would be possible to use frozen ones? I'm planning on making it the day before so they would have time to defrost in the mixture but may not hold their shape! Any ideas would be great thanks x
27th Jul, 2012
Gorgous! I also made it with raspberries and it is just as good. One of my guests assured me that it was the best dessert that he had ever eaten.


25th May, 2015
On step 3 are the strawberries left whole or are they halved?
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16th Jul, 2015
Hi, thanks for your interest in this recipe. Yes, the strawberries are left whole in this step and are sliced when the dessert is sliced. 
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