Ginger And Chilli Chocolate Mousse Charlotte

A delicious treat for romantic dinners at home or for gourmet friends.

Chocolate mousse is an easy dessert with an instant wow factor: it rarely disappoints.

Ed has been reading a lot about Mexican cooking lately and as a result, we are using fresh chilli more and more in our everyday dishes. I’m really developing a taste for it. So I decided to combine this new found love with my ongoing passion for fresh ginger in a French classic dessert: chocolate mousse charlotte.

You need to prepare this at least 2 hours in advance for the mousse to set in the fridge. This may seem like small portions but it is filling and it falls into the ‘too much of a good thing’ category of desserts: you can kill your lovely food buzz by overdoing it.

Preparation: 30 minutes

Serves 4

  • 100 gr. of your favourite dark chocolate
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 small chunk of butter
  • 4 lady fingers
  • 1 tsp. stem ginger
  • a hint red chilli
  • 1 tbsp. orange marmalade (or apricot, peach, plums jam)
  • salt

Melt the chocolate slowly in a saucepan with the butter and 2 tbsp. of water.

In a medium bowl, add salt and the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff.

Prepare ginger and chilli. Grate the equivalent of 1 tsp of ginger, and a hint of red chilli (depending on your preferences there, but it’s nice to keep it mildly hot with a few flakes). Add this to the melted chocolate in a medium bowl.

Fold your egg whites into the mix, one big spoonful at a time. If folding is a mystery to you here’s a quick and simple youtube tutorial.

In a small bowl, dilute the orange marmalade in a 1/3 cup of hot water. Break the lady fingers in two and soak all sides in this mix. Then, place them at the bottom of your four ramequins.

Add 2-3 spoonfuls of chocolate in each ramequins and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Before serving, grate nice chocolate and ginger flakes in each ramequin.


5 responses to “Ginger And Chilli Chocolate Mousse Charlotte

  1. I haven’t yet tried chiles in a dessert, but ever since the movie, Chocolat, I have had a dream………………..

  2. I’m forwarding this recipe to my niece who will appreciate it. But I imagine that she will have to wait till she has stopped breast feeding. 🙂

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