Devilishly Dark Chocolate Chilli Soup
Making this recipe always reminds me of one of my favourite books and movies Chocolat. The chocolate melting as it slowly simmers, stirring it gently, adding the spices one pinch at a time. And the aroma of chocolate filling the air, rich and dark only adds to the sensual chocolatey pleasure.
This soup is rich, velvety, and easy to make, with a hint of chilli, cinnamon and nutmeg which adds complexity and intrigue to every spoonful.
You will need
Milk – 362 ml
Double cream 32-35% – 125 ml
Dark chocolate – 250g at least 70% cocoa
Caster sugar – 25g
Water – 1 tbsp
Egg yolks – 4 large
Whipping cream – 100 ml plus a little extra for garnish
Chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Ground cinnamon – 3 generous pinches
Nutmeg – a little grated
Lime zest to garnish
In a sauce pan bring the double cream, milk and chocolate slowly to simmering point, stirring continuously with a wooded spoon until the chocolate has melted and combined with the milk and cream. Remove from the heat, then add the chilli powder a pinch at a time. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg then set aside.
In another pan heat the sugar and water for just under a minute until you get a syrup consistency. Be careful not to overheat otherwise you’ll end up with hard goop in the bottom of your pan. Next, whisk the egg yolks and add the sugar syrup. Whisk continuously until the yolks and syrup are thoroughly combined and the mixture has almost doubled in volume.
Whip up the whipping cream then fold it into the eggs. Now add to the chocolate sauce until thoroughly combined.
Pour the soup into 4-6 individual bowls and pop in the fridge to chill for about an hour.
You can serve the soup chilled or at room temperature. Once made it will keep for a day or two in the fridge if you want to make it ahead of time.
When you are ready to serve, garnish with a spoonful of whipping cream and a few very thin strips of lime zest. Top with crumbly flakes of chocolate and serve.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Recipe inspiration: Unwrapped, Black & Green’s Chocolate Recipes