I spend quite a good deal of time researching chocolate mousse. ‘Get out more’ I hear you cry, but it’s quite the labour of love and not really a hardship. Mousse is such a great dinner party or family dessert, I love finding new recipes and perfecting old ones. When my Mother handed me a couple of pages torn from the Times Magazine, I knew with this Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse, I had found a new best mousse based friend.
Not only are mousses super tasty, they are super easy. This particular Chocolate Hazelnut affair is no different. It only has 4 ingredients, it’s made in one bowl and barely needs any chilling time. And it tastes so good. I only like Nutella straight from the jar, I can’t abide it on toast, but this mousse is the most brilliant vehicle for your chocolate hazelnut spread. Add some mascarpone for richness, cream for, well, creaminess and just a touch of espresso powder to make this pud just a tiny bit more grown up. It’s thick, not too sweet, only a hint of coffee and a good hit of chocolate. There’s nothing complicated in the making of this pud; just whisking and scraping, simple. I chose to serve mine with some chocolate macaroons, nutty and simple, and I’ll share the recipe with you when I have a mo. Any nibbly biscuit would go well though, bought or homemade, no pressure.
This is a mousse for all seasons. One for friends, family or not for sharing at all, if you have a selfish/greedy streak. No one’s judging here.
This recipe will feature on Lucy Loves later this week.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Recipe
Serves 4 to 6, portion size dependent
You will need a stand or hand mixer
330g Nutella or any chocolate nut style spread
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
375ml double cream
A dusting of cocoa to finish, a biscuit of some nature to serve
Take a bowl and your hand mixer or your stand mixer and add the double cream and espresso powder. Whisk until you have soft peaks.
Add the mascarpone and Nutella and slowly whisk again, briefly, until just starting to thicken. Give the mix a final fold with a spatula then scrape into your serving bowl or bowls/glasses/cups.
Leave to chill until serving. Serve with some biscuits, cookies, macaroons, biscotti, it’s up to you.