When I was younger, just the idea of spicy chocolate was making me shiver. How on earth, I was thinking, anyone could enjoy cocoa and chili at the same time? Impossible!
But that was long time ago, when I also wasn’t enjoying other great things like red wine and jazz music. Indeed, people change with the time and realise some truths, like for instance that vodka with coke is not at all a nice cocktail but just an extra quick way to get drunk, and that the best chocolate does not contain too much sugar. In fact the best chocolate might contain other good components like orange zest or chili but excessive sugar won’t enrich its taste for sure. Lots of sugar makes the taste of the chocolate dull and flat or it tries to hide a low quality cocoa.
Speaking of chocolate, I am a huge fan of chocolate mousse prepared with heavy cream but there is also another kind that is favourite of mine. It is unbelievably simple but also insanely delicious. That is probably the simplest kind of chocolate mousse that you can imagine and that you can prepare with only 2 ingredients in a matter of minutes. Can you guess which are these ingredients? One is obviously chocolate and the other one is… pure water! If you never thought or heard that you can make a fantastic mousse just with chocolate and water, in the recipe below I will teach you how. Just that the current recipe is a bit more sophisticated: it is a recipe for a chocolate mousse made with spicy water. Fell free to use just fresh water if you are not in a spicy mood.
In order to prepare the mousse this way, you need to melt the chocolate and combine it with the water. Then use a hand whisk to beat continuously for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate mousse starts thickening. Before it thickens completely, pour it into ramequins and that’s all!
But this recipe is more sophisticated also because I’ve created a special garnish for the Spicy Chocolate Mousse. That garnish is quite simple but also decadent: sour cream with white chocolate. Just spoon it or pipe it on top of the filled ramequins. For a perfect spicy feeling you can top it with hot pepper. I know you are intrigued now!
Spicy Chocolate Mousse with Sour Cream Garnish is a wonderful way to spice up your moments! And I am pretty sure you would love that dessert from the first bite!… Just don’t forget that you shouldn’t share it with your small kids 🙂
Spicy Chocolate Mousse with Sour Cream Garnish
For the mousse:
- 200 g quality dark chocolate
- 300 ml water
- 2-3 chili peppers fresh or dry
- Roughly chop the chili peppers. If they are dry you can just break them with your hands.
- Place them in a small saucepan and add the water. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool until room temperature.
- Pour 150 ml of the water through tea stainer or a fine sieve into a measuring cup. You would need only this quantity for the mousse.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Transfer it into a large mixing bowl and add the 150 ml spicy water. Place the bowl in a pan full of ice and start whisking energetically with a hand whisk. Continue for 5 to 10 minutes or until the chocolate mousse starts getting thick. Be careful not to overheat as the structure of the mousse will become grainy (if this happens, melt it again and repeat the whisking).
- Pour the chocolate mousse into small ramequins or glasses. Cover them with cling film and refrigerate. Before serving pipe or spoon the garnish on top.
Sour Cream Garnish:
- Combine both ingredients in a large bowl. beat them with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes fluffy.