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Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse (mousse au chocolat)

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Rich, decadent, delicious fluffy Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse (mousse au chocolat). The perfect dessert for an elegant party or simply just because … chocolate!

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse mousse au chocolat

Good morning, and Happy National Chocolate Mousse day! Are you ready to celebrate? I know I am!

In honor of the holiday, and of course the fact that today is letter C in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I am going with Chocolate. Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse to be exact. And ohhhhh em gee…. it’s simply decadent and rich and perfect.

I’ve made chocolate mousse several times, and it’s not one of those things you can just whip up without measuring because you really want it to turn out perfect. And this recipe makes it turn out perfect every time.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse mousse au chocolat

So before I jumped into making it for the blog, I googled a few recipes to make sure that what I had written on my index card was accurate. For the most part, the recipe I had, matched several online. I found several instances of mostly the same recipe.

That happens a lot, but just because you find the same recipe doesn’t mean it comes out perfect or there aren’t variables that need to be watched.

But still I happened upon several that matched my recipe…

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse mousse au chocolat

However, there was one in particular that my recipe matched exactly, but with one optional ingredient.

 

Chocolate Mousse Mess Up

Can someone explain to me what they meant to type there? I mean what could that have possibly been a typo or auto-correct for. I do not have that ingredient on mine. At all.

For hours we laughed about that. As I was nearing the completion of our mousse, one of my funny daughter’s walked into the kitchen carrying the dog and asked if I was ready for her yet. LOL  (I love my sick, weird, nutty family)

We will laugh about this for a long time.

Anyway, on to the GOOD recipe… you know, the one without optional dog.

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse (mousse au chocolat)

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse mousse au chocolat

If you’re interested in a deeper Hazelnut flavor, as the flavor with the coffee is very mild, feel free to add a ¼ tsp. of Hazelnut extract to the recipe – if you want to do this, add it after you have added the sugar and mixed to the egg whites. Then add the extract.

Check out my other recipes posted for the A-Z Challenge:

A – Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad

B – Buffalo Wing Snack Mix

C – Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

D – Chocolate Rum Donuts with Chocolate Rum Ganache Glaze

E – Green Onion, Egg & Toast Tarts (or cups)

F – Fruit Tarts (Mini)

G – Grapefruit Smoothie

H – Ham and Pasta Salad

I – Creamy Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream

J – Spicy Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs

K – Key Lime Cookies

L – Lemon Donuts

M – Minny’s Chocolate Pie

N – Italian Nachos

O – Blood Orange Marmalade

How do you make Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse?

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse mousse au chocolat

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

Yield: 4 -6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Rich, decadent, delicious fluffy Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse (mousse au chocolat). The perfect dessert for an elegant party or simply just because ... chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 5 ½ ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup of strongly brewed Hazelnut Coffee
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 4 tablespoon of sugar
  • Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Instructions

  1. Whip your cold heavy cream until it forms soft peaks. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for now.
  2. In a double boiler, combine the finely chopped chocolate, butter and coffee. Heat until hot but not boiling, that's too hot. Stir frequently. Heat until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to warm, but NOT hot. Test on the inside of your wrist to see if it feels warm and not hot. Dab a tiny bit of chocolate there. You don't want to allow it to cool too much because you will have problems with the other ingredients.
  4. Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, it's time to move onto the eggs.
  5. In a bowl, add only the egg whites. Set the yolks aside. Beat the egg whites until foamy and thick. Add the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks are forming. You don't want it too thick.
  6. Add the yolks to the chocolate before it cools too much, gently stirring. Grab your bowl of whipped cream from the refrigerator that you set aside and stir in about ⅓ of it into the into the chocolate. Then fold in bout half of the egg whites. Alternate until you have both ingredients full incorporated into the chocolate, stirring gently.
  7. Fill your serving dishes and refrigerate for about 4 hours.
  8. Garnish with whipped cream, and finely chopped chocolate shavings. Berries are a nice touch too.
  9. Enjoy!

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ashley - baker by nature

Monday 5th of August 2013

Wow, this looks so dark and delicious! I want my own little serving right now :)

Medeja

Thursday 11th of April 2013

Hazelnut coffee sounds like a nice ingredient for a chocolate mousse!

Ginger

Wednesday 10th of April 2013

Oh my Goodness! I'm so glad I discovered your blog. (Visitor from the A-Z Challenge)

This recipe looks fantastic! Yummy! I'll definitely be giving this one a go (and coming back to look at what other delicious goodies I can have a go at whipping up!)

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Thursday 4th of April 2013

I think it'd be ok if my dog were in my general vicinity while making this mousse but dog IN my mousse? Lol, no thanks! That's hilarious. This mousse looks divine, Nicole! I wish I had a cup of this for breakfast right now.

Nicole Cook

Friday 5th of April 2013

Right? I mean my 4 are always under my feet when I'm cooking praying for me to drop a crumb or something, but that recipe freaks me out. And I cannot for the life of me figure out what they were trying to say. haha

Daniel B.

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

Hmm...yummy. I'm totally gonna pin this. Great recipe (and happy A to Z, too).

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

Thanks so much Daniel, Happy A-Z right back at ya... I'm stopping by yours next.

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