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Monday, March 27, 2017

Nutella mousse cakes


Calling all Nutella lovers ! 

Culling out some of my bread spreads that are near their expiration date . I usually buy them for baking or making frozen desserts rather than consuming with bread or crackers . Most of them though are left lurking in the darkest corner of the fridge 😁 So far , I've got matcha cream , Maltesers' Teasers , Reese's peanut butter chocolate , cherry jam , peanut butter , homemade ube jam and of course , Nutella .

So many spreads , so little time ....


This creamy , dreamy dessert is a custard base mousse , unlike some recipes that only uses gelatin , this version is made just like a custard-based ice cream . Milk and egg yolks are cooked until it thickens and the rest of the ingredients are added . It yields a smooth and creamy texture that is much better than the matcha mousse tarts I made last time . When I make Nutella ice cream , this recipe will be my inspiration .

I decided to fill 6 of the mousse with Nutella but a Nutella filling will turn a bit hard after several hours of freezing ; defrosting it for an hour will soften the mousse but the filling will take time . I think adding a bit of cream to make it lighter or maybe make a Nutella jelly (?) would be much better instead . That said the mousse alone is worth making .

The mousse recipe I listed below is my slightly tweaked version . I omitted the melted milk chocolate and added more Nutella ; used cream cheese instead of mascarpone and 6-inch mousse ring rather than silicone moulds .


The biscuit base on its own taste like Nutella . I tried the biscuit/joconde recipe from one of my fave food site , substituting ground almonds with hazelnuts . It may not be as thick as I would like it to be , me being the master of over mixing the batter - good thing that I used a smaller pan instead of what is recommended least I'll be scraping the biscuit instead of cutting it lol But still quiet happy with the taste . If you want to try the recipe , double the amount and don't over mix the batter .

Time consuming dessert perhaps but it'll be worth it if you love Nutella .....


Cocoa-hazelnut biscuit

40 grams icing sugar
40 grams hazelnut powder
5 grams ( Valrhona ) cocoa powder
10 grams cake flour
1 egg
1 egg white
10 grams caster sugar
10 grams butter

* Line a 10-inch square baking pan with parchment paper .

* Preheat oven to 190ºC .

* In a mixing bowl , sift in icing sugar , hazelnut powder , cocoa powder and cake flour , mix to combine . Add in the egg and stir until mixture thickens , set aside .

* Melt butter .

* In a clean bowl , beat the egg white and sugar until firm peaks form .

* Add melted butter to cocoa-hazelnut batter , mix well to combine . Gently fold half of the meringue to the batter then mix in the remaining half .

* Pour batter into the prepared baking pan , spread batter evenly . Bake for 10 minutes or until cook through . Once baked , let cool completely before using .

* Using a cookie mould or any round glass ( it should be the same size as the top of the moulds ) cut out 7 pieces 7-cm round biscuits .

Nutella mousse , recipe adapted from Cakes Made Simple by Charles Ho 

Makes six 7-cm dome-shaped  plus two 8-cm flower-shaped mousse cakes 

190 grams whipping cream
50 grams cream cheese at room temperature
150 grams milk
2 egg yolks , about 36 grams
10 grams caster sugar
8 grams gelatin sheets
35 grams drinking water
20 grams custard powder
100 grams Nutella

120 grams Nutella for filling

* Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap . Spoon 6 pieces of Nutella at 20 grams each , about 2-inch round , leave space between each piece . Freeze until needed .

* Prepare the silicone moulds .

* Pour cream in a mixing bowl and beat until firm peaks form , chill in the fridge until needed .

* Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and stir until smooth , set aside .

* Place milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil over low heat .

* Soak gelatin sheets in a cold water for 10 minutes .

* Meanwhile , whisk egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy . When milk is hot , pour gradually into the yolk mixture , whisking as you pour to prevent curdling . Pour back egg-milk mixture into the pan and cook over low heat until thickens , about 6-8 minutes . Strain custard into the bowl with cream cheese , stir until smooth . Mix in the custard powder then add in the Nutella , mix until well combined .

* Squeeze excess water from softened gelatin and place in a heatproof bowl together with the drinking water . Place bowl in a saucepan with barely simmering water , stir until gelatin is dissolved completely .  Stir gelatin into the Nutella mixture and mix until smooth . Add in the whipped cream into the mixture and stir gently until well combined .

* Pour mixture into the silicone moulds , fill each cavity halfway , place a piece of frozen Nutella on top then pour in more mixture almost to the rim of the mould . Top with cut out round biscuits .

* Put moulds in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight . Take out moulds from the freezer , unmould each frozen mousse and place in a baking sheet or a serving plate , let soften in the fridge for at least an hour before serving . Top with rocher , if available .




5 comments :

  1. They look so adorable with that round shape! My husband is definitely a nutella fan :-)

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  2. These are stunning, Anne! I need to get some of those silicone molds and hope I can create something as beautiful as these cakes!

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  3. OMFG these are gorgeous!! Seriously, professional grade, I'd pay $7 each at a patisserie!

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    1. Hi Jessie , I'll send you one for taste test :D

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