Did you know that next week is Valentine’s Day? Well if you didn’t, then you live under a rock and if you do, then I applaud you for being one step ahead of many other people around the world who will likely forget the day until the day actually arrives. But not you my friend, oh no you will remember this day.
Not only will you remember this day, but I am going to help you woo that loved one this holiday. How am I going to do that you ask? By giving you a recipe that will knock the socks off your significant other of course.
Well as long as they like chocolate that is.
Nutella Chocolate Mousse
Yield: 7 individual servings
1 small container of Nutella (not sure of the ounces because I used about half of a large jar)
2-2.5 Cups of heavy whipping cream
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
First, place a metal or stainless steel bowl and whisk or beaters in the freezer. While those are chilling, place Nutella in a microwave safe ceramic or glass bowl, (don’t use plastic, glass or ceramic is better for heat distribution); I use the microwave because I am too lazy to use a double broiler, but if you prefer more control over the melting of your chocolate please use one. I started melting mine at 1 minute and stirred it about half way through. You don’t want to burn your chocolate so make sure you stir, keep in mind when Nutella melts it will not be super runny like most chocolate. Just melt it until you can stream chocolate off your spoon. Once it is melted set aside to cool.
In chilled stainless steel bowl whisk heavy whipping cream and sugar. This will take a while, I suggest the use of a mixer, but if you are looking for a work out use a hand whisk. Once you see the cream thickening up, add vanilla, mix until blended. This is a good point to stop and taste your whipped cream. I don’t particularly like a sweet cream for my mousse the chocolate is sweet enough, but if you desire a sweeter taste this is a good time to add a little more sugar.
Continue mixing until your cream forms relatively stiff peaks. Meaning that when you pull out the beater the cream should stand up, or if you stick your finger or spoon tip in the cream the hole will remain. Add about 1/4 of the chocolate to the cream and fold in, until blended. (Do not stir because your cream will turn to liquid.) Continue to add cream folding until mousse reaches the desired chocolate flavor.
Spoon into individual bowls and chill in the fridge for about an hour. Remove from fridge, top with favorite fresh fruit and DEVOUR!!