French chocolate chilli mousse is the perfect adult way to have chocolate for dessert. And oh, great for romantic dinners too. Easy to make and adapted from the queen of French cuisine, Julia Child. I have made a slight change to the recipe and added a hint of smoked paprika to it and a little salted caramel at the bottom? Result – totally adult worthy, perfect for Valentine’s day dessert.
One of the first movies that had ensnared me into the world of food was Chocolat. This was way back when the sight of chocolate was all that was needed to right my upended world and any dessert without chocolate seemed like a lost cause. All through the movie, the protagonist Juliette Binoche is a chocolateur who spends her time creating the most intoxicating and enticing concoctions from chocolate.One of the creations that had me beguiled even at that innocent age of 14 was the chocolate with Mexican chili. As per the movie, it implied a certain devil may care attitude, courage and adventurous spirit. And to make things even better, it was an aphrodisiac.
Even after all these years, I knew I wanted to rely on my ever loved chocolate for the Valentine special dinner. But was it going to be a simple chocolate mousse? Hell no! We celebrate valentine’s day mostly in the form of eating good food at home and this French chocolate chilli mousse is definitely the perfect way to end a romantic meal. While you see many many versions of chocolate mousse on internet these days , some of them being the vegan avocado mousse, other yogurt mousse,a simple egg free mousse so on and so forth, none of them were special enough in my mind. Besides, honestly those egg less mousse just taste like cream with chocolate. Hmm. Not mousse.
After a little bit of research on my new google, Pinterest, I knew I had found just the answer I was looking for. This very French chocolate chilli mousse. Well actually I had zeroed in on the recipe of French chocolate chilli mousse by none other than Julia Child. If there is anything the movie Julie & Julia taught us, its that Julia Child really was the best guru anyone could ever hope to have. With that thought in mind and mustering the courage to make a simple parfait style French mousse, I started working on the French chocolate chilli mousse.
Strangely though now my taste has may be evolved beyond chocolate and I usually prefer salted desserts. Salted caramel is my usual go to sauce these days and I love a good hit of it on almost any dessert. If you need more inspiration, check out these chocolate samosa with salted caramel and pecans, or these epic salted caramel chocolate pavlova. Absolutely amazing and perfect for a quick dessert too!
So I layered these French chocolate chilli mousse with salted caramel sauce too in the bottom. Dolloped some of the airy and light yet “gummy” French chocolate chilli mousse on top of it. Topped with more chocolate shavings and smoked paprika as garnish, this French chocolate chilli mousse is decadent. Its a rich, sultry, tantalizing, sensual dessert that has been tailor made for romance.
A definite aphrodisiac, a mood enhancer, this French chocolate chilli mousse is just what you need in your life for having the best adult Valentine’s day ever. Don’t believe me? Well trust Bonappetit? They listed this French chocolate mousse as one of the best recipes tested on their site and then there’s the culinary goddess guiding me into love with this fabulous French chocolate chilli mousse. And as we all know, Julia Child is pure love. This French chocolate chilli mousse needs just 4 hrs of setting time and barely 30 mins to make. Win win!!
So don’t think too much, just go ahead and make this French chocolate chilli mousse, a rich, decadent, tantalizing, sensual dessert perfect for your special someone.
Recipe adapted from Julia Child's Mastering the art of French Cooking, Bonappetit