Friday, February 5, 2010

Nutella Marshmallow Mousse

Nutella Marshmallow Mousse

Mmmmmmmm.....Nutella. Just uttering the word makes me wanna grab a big spoon and dig into a jar of chocolate-hazelnut goodness. Aaaaaah...HAPPINESS. I'm telling you, if you haven't had the pleasure of eating this heavenly treat, you're missing out.

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I remember the first time I ate Nutella. It was eight years ago while Hubby and I were on our honeymoon in Paris. Ooh la la. We were as giddy as two young newlyweds could be. I mean, come on now. How can we not be? We were in the most romantic city in the whole wide world. And to top it all off, we got to eat our way through Paris. Well, we were on a budget so we didn't go crazy but, nonetheless, we still had a good time. We practically lived on bread and cheese for eight days. On occasion, we splurged and had dinner at a nearby cafe or bistrot. And on our way back to our hotel, we got dessert.

I think it was our first or second day in Paris when we stopped by a crepe stand for a bite to eat. They had sooo many choices for fillings but we decided to get one savory crepe and one sweet crepe. I got a ham and cheese while Hubby got a Nutella and banana. As we were walking, we switched crepes and as soon as I had that first bite from the Nutella and banana crepe, I was hooked. Wow! As you might have guessed, Hubby never got his crepe back.

The day before we left Paris, we went to the nearby supermarche and bought eight or ten jars of Nutella and packed them in my suitcase. In the airport, I remember the customs person asking me,"Do you have anything to declare?," and for some insane reason I blurted out "Nutella?" Oh, you should've seen Hubby's face when I said that. I'm sorry, but at the risk of sounding like an idiot, I had no idea if I was supposed to declare my suitcase full of Nutella or not, so I just did. Thankfully, the customs person had a sense of humor and said I was okay. And little did I know that when we returned home, I could've easily bought a jar of Nutella in my local grocery store. Good grief!

Nutella Marshmallow Mousse

So in honor of World Nutella Day, I've made this simple yet amazing little dessert. I was inspired to create this after watching Nigella Lawson make her Instant Chocolate Mousse on her show "Nigella Express." This Nutella Marshmallow Mousse only has four ingredients and takes just minutes to prepare. It's a smooth and silky way to eat Nutella and I'm so happy to share this with you on this special day :-)

Chocolate Heart Filigree

Thank you Sara from Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso for solemnly declaring February 5th as "a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella." As if I had to have a reason to eat Nutella, but it's nice to know that today is a day for Nutella lovers all over the world.

Happy World Nutella Day Everyone!



I'm also submitting this recipe to Mansi from Fun and Food Cafe for the Valentine & Super Bowl Recipe Carnival & Special Giveaway!
 
Nutella Marshmallow Mousse
Makes 4 servings
Allergy Note: contains nut and dairy ingredients


4 ounces marshmallows (about 2 cups of mini marshmallows or 16 large marshmallows)
1/4 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Using a strainer, rinse the mini marshmallows over cold running water. (Why rinse the marshmallows? It removes the cornstarch and powdered sugar on the outside. Skip this step and you won't have a smooth and silky mousse. Trust me.) In a microwave-safe bowl, combine marshmallows, milk and Nutella. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Mix until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In another mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream to soft peaks. Take 1/4 of the whipped cream and mix it into the Nutella mixture. Gently fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Transfer into margarita glasses, goblets or ramekins. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate or fruit.

To make the chocolate filigree heart:
Draw the heart design on a piece of parchment paper. Turn the parchment paper over and place it on a flat surface. Melt some dark chocolate and pour it into a pastry bag with a small round tip or a cornet (parchment paper cone). Pipe the chocolate onto the heart design and let it set.

28 comments:

Maggie Mae said...

I'ma make this today. =)

Stephanie Quilao said...

OMG! That looks amazing. I want to lick the screen lol!

Jennifer said...

Now this is one amazing look mousse! I love nutella but never had it in mousse form before!

Jane said...

Sounds like you had one heck of a fabulous honeymoon! I am among those who've never tried Nutella, but the more I read about it the more I realize I'll have to remedy that. Your photos are beautiful!

Ashley said...

I have got to try that! One of my friends is a fanatic about nutella and marshmallows! Can't wait to share it with her. I bet that would also be delicious in a crepe!

jenelle said...

oh but european nutella is SO SO SOSO SO much better than the american version, so you really did the right thing.

jenna said...

Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

wow ! gorgeous ! I love your recipes : thank you ! N. from your dreamtown... Paris !

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Looks fabulous, and I love your photos too :) Thanks so much for participating!

Shannon K said...

yum! This looks amazing! will have to make this for valentines day! :)

Mansi said...

I wish every day was a Nutella Day!!:) the mousse looks great!

this would be perfect for the valentine giveaway on my blog. It would be great if you could participate in my event!
http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2010/02/valentine-super-bowl-recipe-carnival.html

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very nice blog here. lovely pics!! I got to your site through Anjali Mishra.

Art of Dessert said...

Thanks everyone! I can't wait for all of you to try it :-)

Jane, I'm glad I convinced you to try Nutella. You'll love it!

Thank you N.! I didn't know you live in Paris. Oh how I'd love to go back to Paris. (sigh) I hope you get to try this for your next cousinade.

Michelle, thanks for including me in the World Nutella Day 2010 Round Up :-)

Mansi, thanks for the invite. I'll go check it out :-)

Thanks Mahimaa! Awww...that's so sweet of Anjali.

Carrie said...

I wanted to make sure it was ok if I use this recipe and picture (properly linked and attributed) in my Valentine's Day Roundup, let me know if there's a problem, thanks!

Art of Dessert said...

You have my blessing Carrie :-)

Stephanie said...

OMG, thanks for posting this! I also discovered nutella when traveling abroad and always have it in my pantry now! thanks

Shelley said...

I made it for our Valentine's meal and it was a hit. Delicious and easy. Thank you for sharing it.

Tracy said...

I made this for my Valentine too and he loved it! Thanks for sharing this recipe...it was quite easy to make too!

suma said...

Super Yumm!! And that chocolate garnish looks fantastic!!

Ingrid said...

Oh, yeah! I'm getting major brownie points for this one. I'm making it pronto for my sitter who's a nutella fiend! Thanks so mcuh for sharing!
~ingrid

Ingrid said...

Okay, I was grabbing the stuff and realized the milk was supposed to be whole milk. I only have 2% think I'll be okay? Thanks!
~ingrid

Betty said...

wow - you can make mousse with marshmallows? not THAT is awesome :D

Huma said...

I just made this mousse yesterday and it turned out awesome! Couldn't get over how simple it was. Thanks so much for sharing!

Shree said...

Hi, this looks so gorgeous! I can't wait to try it out but I was wondering if there was anything else that you could replace the marshmellow with? Unfortunately, marshmellow here has gelatine in it, and we cannot eat that. Any other suggestions would be amazing! P.S. I love this website, it is so amazing, and all of your recipes are out of this world! Keep posting! xx

Art of Dessert said...

Hi Shree! You can omit the marshmallows, replace the whole milk with heavy whipping cream and add 1-2 tablespoons of nutella :-)

Sandra said...

Hi, I tried this recipe last week for my boyfriends birthday, and it was wonderful! I garnished it with whipped cream mixed with pulverized peppermint candy cane. Yum! Thank you for this recipe, I'll definitly do it again!

I wrote about it on my blog (in Swedish), and I also translated your recipe, I hope that was OK. I linked to your blog in my post: http://systersandra.blogspot.com/2011/01/nutella-och-marshmallowmousse-med.html

Art of Dessert said...

Hi Sandra! I'm so happy you liked my recipe. Thanks for sharing it in your blog :-)

Laura said...

I wonder if you could use this as a cake/cupcake filling. Yummm! Can wait to try this recipe. Thank you.

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