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Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pots Recipe

chocolate mousse in cup topped with raspberries
chocolate mousse in cup topped with raspberries - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Indulge in the ultimate romantic dessert experience with these exquisite Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse pots from recipe developer, Tanika Douglas. This decadent creation combines the richness of dark chocolate, the velvety smoothness of mascarpone, the delightful freshness of raspberries, and the buttery crunch of caramelized hazelnuts. "What sets this recipe apart is its ease of preparation," says Douglas. "With just a handful of readily available ingredients and a simple method, you can create a dessert that looks and tastes like it's straight from a gourmet patisserie. The convenience of individual servings not only adds a touch of elegance but also makes it easy to share this sweet delight with your special someone."

The firm peaks and luxurious texture ensure a spoonful of creamy, chocolatey delight in every bite. Douglas adds, 'To crown this dessert, each mousse pot is garnished with fresh raspberries and golden, caramelized hazelnuts. The contrast of the juicy, tart berries and the crunchy, nutty hazelnuts adds a beautiful balance to the rich dark chocolate.' Perfect for a romantic dinner or a sweet surprise, these Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse pots are the ideal sweet note to end a meal.

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Gather The Ingredients For The Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pots

chocolate raspberry mousse pot ingredients on table
chocolate raspberry mousse pot ingredients on table - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

To create these beautiful Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse pots, you will need hazelnuts, melted butter, icing sugar, salt, dark chocolate, heavy cream, mascarpone, icing sugar, vanilla bean, and fresh raspberries.

The use of high-quality dark chocolate is essential for this recipe, as its rich and intense flavor infuses the mousse with a depth that elevates the dessert. The combination of mascarpone and heavy cream in this recipe works harmoniously to create a sumptuous, velvety texture, with the mascarpone adding a unique, tangy undertone that perfectly complements the dark chocolate mousse.

Douglas says, "While vanilla bean has been used in the mousse, it can be easily substituted for more accessible options, such as vanilla extract or vanilla paste. Alternatively, it can be omitted completely. Raspberries adorn the mousse cups, though these can be exchanged for other sweet berries, like strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, or blueberries, as desired."

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

oven pre-heating
oven pre-heating - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Preheat the oven to 320 F.

Step 2: Prepare A Tray

tray lined with parchment paper
tray lined with parchment paper - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Line a tray with parchment paper.

Step 3: Make The Caramelized Hazelnuts

hazelnuts, butter, and icing sugar on lined tray
hazelnuts, butter, and icing sugar on lined tray - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Add the chopped hazelnuts, melted butter, 2 tablespoons of icing sugar, and salt to the lined tray.

Step 4: Stir The Hazelnuts

stirring hazelnut mixture on tray
stirring hazelnut mixture on tray - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Stir hazelnuts to coat in the butter sugar mixture.

Step 5: Bake The Caramelized Hazelnuts

baked caramelized hazelnuts on tray
baked caramelized hazelnuts on tray - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Place hazelnuts in the oven and cook for 12 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

Step 6: Allow The Hazelnuts To Cool

baked caramelized hazelnuts on tray
baked caramelized hazelnuts on tray - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Remove hazelnuts from the oven and allow to cool on the tray, then break up with your hands.

Step 7: Melt The Chocolate

melted chocolate in bowl
melted chocolate in bowl - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Place the dark chocolate into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds, or until melted. Set aside to cool.

Step 8: Whisk The Cream

whisked cream in bowl
whisked cream in bowl - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Add the cream, mascarpone, ¼ cup icing sugar, and vanilla bean to a large mixing bowl and whisk with electric beaters until stiff peaks form.

Step 9: Fold In The Melted Dark Chocolate

dark chocolate mousse in mixing bowl
dark chocolate mousse in mixing bowl - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Slowly fold in the melted dark chocolate until perfectly incorporated.

Step 10: Fill The Ramekins

chocolate mousse in ramekins
chocolate mousse in ramekins - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins, then refrigerate the mousse pots for 2 hours to firm up.

Step 11: Garnish And Serve The Mousse Pots

dark chocolate mousse pot in glass
dark chocolate mousse pot in glass - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Garnish each mousse pot with three raspberries and some caramelized hazelnuts, then serve.

Can I Make These Chocolate Mousse Pots Into One Large Dessert?

chocolate mousse in cup topped with raspberries
chocolate mousse in cup topped with raspberries - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Transforming the individual portions of Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse pots into a grand, show-stopping dessert is not only possible but can add a spectacular touch to your presentation. The key lies in adapting the preparation and assembly to suit the larger format while preserving the delectable essence of the original recipe. For the dark chocolate mousse, it's crucial to maintain the integrity of its velvety texture. Douglas says, "Consider doubling the quantities of each ingredient, ensuring an ample amount to cover the expansive area of your chosen serving dish. Make the mousse as directed, carefully folding the chocolate into the larger quantity of mousse."

She continues, "To preserve the essence of the original individual servings, crown the grand dessert with fresh raspberries and a generous sprinkling of caramelized hazelnuts for bursts of color and texture. Refrigerate the dessert for the recommended time, allowing the mousse to set and the flavors to meld." Your Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse masterpiece is now ready to captivate on a grand scale, making it a perfect centerpiece for your next special occasion.

Can I Make These Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pots In Advance?

chocolate mousse pots on plate
chocolate mousse pots on plate - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

These Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse pots are an ideal dessert to prepare in advance, allowing you to focus on enjoying the romantic occasion without the stress of last-minute preparations. The recipe's structure, with its firm peaks of whipped cream and mascarpone, ensures the mousse maintains its velvety texture over time. "Prepare the mousse pots as directed, then refrigerate them for the recommended 2 hours to allow the dessert to set. However, for advanced planning, consider making the mousse pots a day before your celebration," says Douglas. "Storage is straightforward: Cover each mousse pot with plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container to prevent any unwanted odors from affecting the delicate flavors. Refrigerate the prepared mousse pots, and they can be stored for up to 3 days without compromising their quality."

When it comes time to serve, the raspberries and caramelized hazelnuts can be added just before presenting the dessert for a fresh and visually appealing garnish. The make-ahead convenience of these Valentine's Day chocolate raspberry mousse pots not only streamlines your preparations but also allows you to savor every moment with your special someone.

Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pots Recipe

spoon going into chocolate mousse pots
spoon going into chocolate mousse pots - Tanika Douglas/Mashed

Prep Time: 2h 25mCook Time: 13mYield: 6 mousse potsIngredients

  • :::For the caramelized hazelnuts:::

  • 1 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts

  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • :::For the dark chocolate mousse pots::::

  • 9 ½ ounces dark chocolate, broken into pieces

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup mascarpone

  • ¼ cup icing sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, de-seeded

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 320 F.

  2. Line a tray with parchment paper.

  3. Add the chopped hazelnuts, melted butter, 2 tablespoons of icing sugar, and salt to the lined tray.

  4. Stir hazelnuts to coat in the butter sugar mixture.

  5. Place hazelnuts in the oven and cook for 12 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

  6. Remove hazelnuts from the oven and allow to cool on the tray, then break up with your hands.

  7. Place the dark chocolate into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds, or until melted. Set aside to cool.

  8. Add the cream, mascarpone, ¼ cup icing sugar, and vanilla bean to a large mixing bowl and whisk with electric beaters until stiff peaks form.

  9. Slowly fold in the melted dark chocolate until perfectly incorporated.

  10. Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins, then refrigerate the mousse pots for 2 hours to firm up.

  11. Garnish each mousse pot with three raspberries and some caramelized hazelnuts, then serve.

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