Bittersweet Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

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The flavour of popular Italian chocolate candies whipped into a light and fluffy mousse.  One of the easiest ways to make a splash with a fabulous dessert. 


3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned* (175 mL)
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (125 g)
Pinch salt       
1 1/2 cups 35% whipping cream, divided (375 mL)
Chopped hazelnuts, for garnish

  In food processor, chop hazelnuts, chocolate and salt until fine, about 4 min. 

  In saucepan or in microwave over medium-high heat, bring 3/4 cup (175 mL) of whipping cream to boil.  Pour into food processor through feed tube with motor running. Process until mixture is smooth.  Transfer to bowl and let cool completely.
3. In large bowl, using electric mixer, whip remaining whipping cream to soft peaks. Fold one-quarter of the whipped cream into chocolate mixture.  Fold in remaining cream just until blended.  Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip or spoon, divide among six serving dishes.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours before serving. Garnish with chopped hazelnuts. Yield: 6 servings. Preparation time: 15 min. Refrigeration time: 1 hour.

Cooking Tip:* To toast hazelnuts, spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 8 min or until fragrant.  Pour onto clean towel and let cool slightly.  Rub inside towel to remove skins.  Discard skins.

For the Adventurous: For an elaborate presentation, pipe the mousse into chocolate cups or shells.  Garnish with fresh raspberries and chocolate-dipped whole hazelnuts and drizzle the plate with chocolate or raspberry sauce.

Source:  Dairy Farmers of Canada Recipes
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