Eat more dessert.

Resolution #1, Eat more dessert. Who knew dessert was so fun to make? As you know from past posts, I have never been much of a baker, and my taste tends more toward salty than sweet. But in 2010 when I made some blogger friends who turned me on to the sweet side of dessert. (Thanks, Megan!) While I will likely always go for some spicy salsa and salty chips over cookies, I can definitely appreciate a well-made, quality dessert.

Earlier this week, I made a complicated dessert that turned out to be delicious but slightly stressful to make. For our New Year’s Eve dinner party for deux, I decided on a simple dessert with a favorite ingredient: Nutella Mousse.

After some recipe research, I decided on a three ingredient mousse. Instant coffee granules, whipping cream, and Nutella were all I needed for a sweet, creamy, treat.

Of course, we didn’t have instant coffee in the house, so I made do with what I had, regular ground coffee, using the back of a spoon to really grind the granules down into a fine powder. It worked like a charm.

coffee granules

Most of the recipes I consulted called for 1/4 teaspoon, but I used a little more. I love a strong coffee flavor.

Hood whipping cream

I started with a cold 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream in a metal bowl that had spent some time in the freezer. Adding, the coffee powder, I then used my immersion blender to whip the cream half way before folding in the Nutella. The recipes generally called for 1/2 cup, and I used a teensy bit less to ensure it would not be too sweet for me.

cream and coffee

After I folded the Nutella in, I blended the mix a bit more until thick and creamy.

Nutella mousse

Then I put it into the fridge for several hours. It was a little less mousse-like than I would have hoped, and I think that is because I did not use an electric mixer to whip the cream. The immersion blender only does so much, and the cream could have been stiffer. I think I need to just get an electric mixer and to be done with it.

At any rate, the mousse tasted amazing with flavors of cocoa, hazelnut, and coffee. It was cool, creamy, and light, the perfect dessert to end a delicious meal. And it went great with the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut we were sipping as we watched Roman Holiday. It was a good night!

Nutella mousse

I will be posting the rest of my New Year’s menu tomorrow. I think it is ideal for a winter dinner party, big or small.

I’ll also be working on my resolutions. Like my “Eat more dessert.” resolution, I resolve to have non-traditional resolutions this year.

Everyone resolves to work out more, eat better, etc. Do you have any non-traditional New Year’s resolutions?

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Tags: chocolate, dessert, Food, Nutella, recipe

  1. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Happy New Year Meghan! LOVE this New Year’s resolution ;) My favorite resolution for this year (and what will be my goal for the coming years) is to to visit 1 new country each year. In 2011 I think it’ll either be Thailand or Australia for me!


  2. Jean at The Delightful Repast’s avatar

    Meghan, this sounds delicious. Like you, I’m more interested in salty (or savory) than sweet and so would cut back on the sweet ingredient just as you did. Perfect for those times when you need a good dessert on short notice!


  3. Simply Life’s avatar

    wow, that’s so creative! what a great dessert!


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    You whipped up a dessert for New Year’s Eve? I think 2011 will have us both be more courageous in the baking/dessert department!


  5. Sues’s avatar

    Eat more dessert is probably the best resolution ever! And one that I could most definitely keep :) Nutella mousse sounds delicious!


  6. Jolene (’s avatar

    I resolve to bake more delicious treats :-)


  7. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Eat more dessert is a good resolution. I resolve to drink more wine!


  8. Enrico’s avatar

    My new years resolution is to work less. work out more. spend time with those you love, even just an additional hour a week. Your food looks great. Good luck in 2011!!!!


  9. Megan’s avatar

    I’m so happy to be the inspiration behind your New Year’s resolution. Ha ha. I love seeing pictures of things like whipping cream on your blog. Dessert is fabulous and so are you. Happy New Year!


  10. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Clearly I support that resolution. Though for myself it should probably be the opposite. But if you feel yourself ever slipping with this resolution, just let me know. I’ll be your dessert buddy any day.


  11. Katie’s avatar

    Haha, I love your top resolution is to eat more dessert. Mine is to eat more cheese :)

    Happy New Year to you!! All the best in 2011!


  12. alicia’s avatar

    mmmm delicious! I love the mousse!


  13. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I am totally on board with this resolution – one I could actually keep :)


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