Friday, April 20, 2007

Hay Hay It's Donna Day #11: Nutella Mousse

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It’s Donna Hay time again! I am a big fan and I look forward to this event every month. Even when it’s not Donna Day, this blog is peppered with her dishes or dishes inspired by her dishes. Each time another round is over, I check the new host’s blog every other minute until she posts the next theme. Yes, weird and obsessive me.

This month’s round is hosted by Helene of the very inspiring blog Tartlette (visit on an empty stomach at your own risk…dessert fiends be warned!), and the theme she chose was…mousse! I sat at my laptop a little palm-sweaty. I know this is supposed to be a simple, easy-to-make dessert. I mean, I know it in theory. But I had never made it before (!) so knowing it in practice was a completely different creature.

But this is what I like about this event. It always manages to stretch my culinary creativity and sharpen my fledgling kitchen skills. So on goes the thinking cap with mousse in my mind. Kind Helene posted two recipes to spur us on. I mulled and I pondered until I could mull and ponder no more. So with the deadline fast approaching (I think I barely made it) with nary an idea in sight, I realized something which must have been unconsciously guiding me in the kitchen for a while now: When in doubt, Nutella.

(trust me…it works almost every time)


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Nutella Mousse
(adapted from Donna Hay recipe posted by Helene)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Hazelnut brittle for garnish**

- Place gelatin in a bowl and sprinkle water over it. Set aside and let the gelatin absorb the water.
- Whip cream to medium peaks.
- Add Nutella to cream and whip until fully incorporated and fluffy.
- Add gelatin mixture and stir well.
- Pour into small molds and chill until set (about an hour or two…overnight is even better).

**For the hazelnut brittle, I used this recipe from Peabody, substituting hazelnuts for the pumpkin seed.

The mousse was light and smooth, like silk on my tongue. Soft, Nutella-flavored silk. I was beside myself! Until I got somewhere midway through the bowl. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t think I can finish much mousse on its own. I think this would benefit perhaps from a thin layer of dark chocolate sponge cake underneath to cut through the mousse-ness of it all. Or maybe some bananas. Mmmm…next time.

I used these small clay bowls I bought during our honeymoon in Spain. We got them from La Bisbal, where all this pottery comes from. I’m sure I don’t need to mention that I was dorkily excited to trot these out and use them for the first time!

Thanks Helene for hosting! :)

Check out Barbara’s Winos and Foodies to find out more about Hay Hay it’s Donna Day!

I love Nutella, yes I do! Here’s proof:
Nutella Self Frosting Cupcakes
Happy Nutella Day!

40 comments:

Meeta said...

I am in Nutella paradise. This look awesome. WOW!

Pamela said...

I agree with Meeta, WOW!!!! I really love Nutella and that sounds so incredible. I'm adding that to the ever growing stack of recipes I want to try once my baby has arrived!

Barbara said...

They are tooo tooo gorgeous Joey.Thanks for joining in again.

Marketman said...

Joey, those look utterly superb!

Freya and Paul said...

I love nutella so this mousse sounds wonderful to me! Looks lovely with the nut brittle too!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wow, this is going to be a tough call!
So many beautiful recipes... and yours, Joey, is one of my favorites so far, I'm a sucker for Nutella!

I love the brittles, too!

The Knittymommy said...

Oh my goodness Joey! They look beautiful! Talk about heavenly. I too love Nutella and anything hazelnut chocolate. This was quite inspiring I tell you.

Deborah said...

Mmmm - I have some Nutella I need to use, and I think that this is what it is going to be used for!! Reading through all of the mousse entries I have seen, it surprises me how many people have not ever made mousse before. It was the first time for me, too. Your's turned out beautiful!

Franco said...

Joey, Please Stop!!!

It looks too good.

Nutella Heaven...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Please can I have one - that is grand!

christine said...

Ooohhlala! That sounds yummy, but the pictures look even yummier! I see you still have your dad's cam? :) So pretty!

aria said...

omg i cant believe you made nutella MOUSSE. how dreeeaaaamy :)

Bron said...

Joey!! These look amazing!
I so WANT one!! Nutella rocks!

Brilynn said...

You really can't go wrong with Nutella, those looking sooo good!

in-JeN-iosiTy said...

Ohhh lala Joey! Another Nutella masterpiece! I still remember drooling over the Nutella cake you made sometime ago....can you believe it's been a while since I've had anything with Nutella????

ChichaJo said...

Hi Meeta! Thanks! :) Nutella paradise...a place I always like to visit, and often! :)

Hi Pamela! Thank you :) What an exciting time for you! Soon you will have a little bundle of joy and a whole lotta recipes for all of you to enjoy :)

Hi Barbara! Thank you! It's always a pleasure to join Donna Day! Thanks for creating it :)

Hi Marketman! Thanks a lot! :)

Hi Freya! Lots of Nutella lovers here :) I'm so glad :) It's definitely more "Nutella-y" then the cake I made before...

Hi Patricia! Thank you!! I always have a hard time come HHDD voting...so many goodies to choose from...but I love that I have a whole new batch of great recipes to try :)

Hi Knittymommy! I was quite stumped at first let me tell you...until Nutella just saved the day :) It is a must in my pantry! You'll never want for dessert ideas...plus if you're having a bad day just grab a spoon and problems solved :)

Hi Deborah! I know! I thought that I was the only one who has never made a mousse before...so glad I got the chance! :)

Hi Franco! Hahaha! Thanks :) I guess I don't have to mention that I am a BIG fan of the stuff :)

Hi Tanna! Sure! :) Thank you!

Hi Nens! Thanks :) Yes, I do! I am a total dolt using it...it's tripod or nothing at all...can't hold it up steady! But I love it! :)

Hi Aria! Nutella is the answer to many of life's questions ;)

Hi Bron! Thank you! I agree 200%...Nutella rocks! :) I get antsy when my stash is low...

Hi Brilynn! Yup! It's really a failsafe for desserts and snack :) (like bacon for savories...hehehe)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jen! Thanks! :) Really? Go grab a bottle! Hehe :) The best thing about Nutella is that you can make it into these great desserts, but at the same time you can enjoy it just as well with a spoon! :)

Susan said...

A cup of your Nutella Mousse would make anyone giddy with pleasure! Yum!

Michelle said...

OK, this looks just too good for words! I'm off to the market for Nutella! YUM!!! :)

Helene said...

How could anyone resist?! The picture alone is fantastic! That recipe is just mouth watering. Beautiful entry!

Ivonne said...

Well you know that all you have to do is say Nutella to me and I'm there.

I'M THERE!

Joey, I have to apologize. I think something must have happened to my feed of your blog because I missed so many of your posts! As always everything looks gorgeous!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Susan! Thanks! :) Nutella does that to me too ;)

Hi Michelle! Thank you :)

Hi Helene! Thanks a lot! :) I had a good subject ;)

Hi Ivonne! Heehee :) A fellow Nutella-fan :) Thank you! I am super unlucky with all things technological...It's a wonder I even have a blog :)

Anonymous said...

Nutella Mousse! Who knew such an amazingly decadent combination was possible? Chocolate Mousse would have tempted me but make it Nutella and I'm completely enthralled. And those photos are incredible!

Ari (Baking and Books)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ari! Thanks! :) I am a slave for Nutella...it's also a good way to lure me so I can completely relate :)

Anh said...

Great idea! Who doesn't love Nutella? (Although I am more of butter and jam gal :D)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anh! Thank you :) Butter and jam's good too :) I love it's sweet simplicity...hmmm, I think I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous, beautiful...simply WOW!!

Shawnda said...

Beautiful presentation - I love Nutella!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kristen! Thanks very much! :)

Hi Shawnda! Thank you :)

Little Foodie said...

Found you by visiting Writing at the Kitchen Table, this sounds amazing and I must make it. I wrote about Nutella last week and realise now that I should have bought some then. Your brussel sprout recipe sounds like the only way I'd like to eat them too. Great stuff!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Little foodie! Thanks for stopping by :) I'm going to go check out your Nutella post!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I had to restrain my daughter from drooling on the keyboard when we looked at this. Awesome! We are going to rush out and get some Nutella to make this.

wil-b cariaga said...

hmmmm. . . had attempted to make mousse a lot of times, always palpak. . . im really not for pastry and baking, i leave that to my gf. . . hehe, but i'll try this one hope it will work. . . i love nutella

Mary said...

Mmmmm, Nutella. Drool.

Culinarily Curious said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one out here obsessed with Donna Day (and for that matter, addicted to Nutella). ;) This definitely goes on my "to try" list.

Anita said...

I love Nutella - your photos look just luscious!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cookie Baker Lynn! I'm glad to know you and your daughter enjoyed this post! :) Hope you have fun with your Nutella :)

Hi wil-b cariaga! Thanks for stopping by :) This one's really, really easy to make...and you can surprise your girlfriend with it! ;)

Hi Mary! Heehee...it does that to me too :)

Hi Culinarily Curious! You are definitely not alone on both counts :)

Hi Anita! Thank you! :)

valentinA said...

Now, that's something I'd like to have right here, right now!!!

Oh & I wanna share my love for nutella with you to Joey, I'm a complete addict;P

gemma said...

It looks wonderful! I'll try it as I also love Nutella! By the way, the cups from La Bisbal are very nice.

Best regards from Catalonia,

Gemma

ChichaJo said...

Hi Valentina! Greetings from a fellow Nutella addict! :) My husband jokes that our pantry never runs out of Nutella ;)

Hi Gemma! Thanks for visiting :) Your Nutella roll/cake also looks delicious!