Nutella Mousse Semifreddo

One of my most favorite ingredients in all the world would have to be Nutella. I will eat it on anything – toast, crepes, sandwiches, straight out of the jar – you name it. How can you go wrong with spreadable chocolate? One of my most favorite desserts happens to be chocolate mousse. Put the two together, bingo bango, Nutella Mousse! Or at least that was the plan. When I make normal chocolate mousse, all I do is separate an egg and whip the white to hold a stiff peak, after which I add a pinch of sugar to sweeten it up. I melt a few squares of Lindt dark chocolate (70%), mix this with the yolk, then gently fold everything together. Let it chill and you are ready to enjoy. So tonight I followed the exact same procedure, substituting Nutella for the melted chocolate. Immediately I could tell that the finished product was much too runny, even before chilling it. I realized that when you use actual chocolate, the mousse has the ability to firm up because melted chocolate will eventually cool and become solid again. However, with Nutella, it is never solid to begin with. Time for Plan B, Nutella Semifreddo, basically a fancy name for a frozen mousse. I popped the bowl in the freezer and voila! 20 minutes later and I was enjoying myself a pretty tasty treat. Who knew you could pull it off with only 2 ingredients!

Nutella Mousse

I whipped the whites to stiff peaks…a good arm work-out!

Nutella Mousse
As you can see in the picture, the only technical error was that the semifreddo separated. The light egg whites remained on top while the heavier yolk and Nutella settled on the bottom. It had no negative effect on the flavor. I actually liked the contrast in both color and texture. The base layer turned out creamy and rich compared to the slightly icy whites.

2 thoughts on “Nutella Mousse Semifreddo

  • September 9, 2011 at 12:47 am
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    I have been trying to comment, but due to my technical skills, I have been having difficultly – so if you get this more than once forgive me.
    I am so proud of you Mallory – good luck in your new adventure. I am anxious to read and try some of your creations.
    Mrs. B.

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  • September 9, 2011 at 2:18 am
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    Thanks for your support! Hopefully you enjoy reading what I have to say. I would greatly appreciate any feedback that you are willing to share!
    Cheers

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