French chocolate chilli mousse

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.


French chocolate chilli mousse

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.

French chocolate chilli mousse

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.

French chocolate chilli mousse

French chocolate chilli 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. 

French chocolate chilli mousse

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.

French chocolate chilli mousse

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!! 

French chocolate chilli mousse

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. 

Xo,

S.

French chocolate chilli mousse

Recipe adapted from Julia Child's Mastering the art of French Cooking, Bonappetit 

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French chocolate chilli mousse
French chocolate mousse with Mexican chili 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.
French chocolate chilli mousse
Cook Time 30 mins
Passive Time 4 hrs
Servings
cups
Ingredients
For the mousse
For garnish
Things you will need
  • ice bath A large bowl filled with water and ice.
  • hand mixer you can attempt doing this by hand, but there is a lott of whisking and your arm might fall off :P
  • double boiler , basically a small saucepan with simmering water and a medium sized bowl placed over it. Make sure the water doesn't touch the mixing bowl. Always keep the heat on a simmer.
Cook Time 30 mins
Passive Time 4 hrs
Servings
cups
Ingredients
For the mousse
For garnish
Things you will need
  • ice bath A large bowl filled with water and ice.
  • hand mixer you can attempt doing this by hand, but there is a lott of whisking and your arm might fall off :P
  • double boiler , basically a small saucepan with simmering water and a medium sized bowl placed over it. Make sure the water doesn't touch the mixing bowl. Always keep the heat on a simmer.
French chocolate chilli mousse
Instructions
  1. Start by melting the chocolate with the butter. You can either use the double boiler method like I did or melt it in the microwave. If using microwave do it in 30 sec intervals and give it a stir. Remove the bowl when the chocolate has melted. Whisk it to make sure no bits remain and set aside. Check the paragraph above to see how to set up the double boiler.
  2. Now use another medium bowl. Add 3 egg yolks and 1/4 - 2tsp cup sugar in it. Place it over the double boiler. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg yolks and ¼ cup sugar in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy, about 5 minute or until it reaches the ribbon like consistency.
  3. Now immediately remove the bowl and set it in the ice bath. Add the espresso, smoked paprika and continue whisking with an electric beater till it is pale and fluffy. Tip: To see if the egg is ready: coat a wooden spoon and run a finger through the middle. If it stays put without running over, the yolks are done.
  4. Next, using a completely clean and dry set of beaters, whisk the egg whites till semi hard. Then add 2 tbsp of sugar one tbsp at a time and whisk it till the egg whites are stiff.
  5. Using a large spatula, gently fold egg yolk mixture into chocolate mixture until no streaks remain.
  6. Starting in the center of the mixture and working your way toward the edges of the bowl, gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture (make sure to scrape up from the bottom), rotating bowl as you go, until no streaks remain (this will incorporate the egg whites without deflating them; you don’t want to lose volume).
  7. Now, spoon 1 tbsp salted caramel into the ramekins or glasses you wan to serve the mousse in. Dollop the mousse over the caramel into 4 ramekins. I used glasses of different sizes and even a couple of small shot glasses for little D.
  8. Cover with a cling film and chill for minimum 4 hours. Please be patient and let it chill. I usually chill it overnight.
  9. When ready to serve, either whip cream with a little sugar and dollop on top, dust with unsweetened cocoa. Or just shave some dark chocolate and sprinkle a little paprika. Serve cold.
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