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Becca’s Book, Serial #10 and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

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Becca asked for this.

O.K. So Becca is a fictional character and can’t ask for something or step forward out of the pages of a fictional romance even if the book’s title does bear her name. She’s imaginary, right?

But if she could speak, the first thing she’d ask for is this dessert. You see, in the story she eats a chocolate hazelnut mousse at a fancy restaurant and falls in love with it. (And I’ll let you in on a secret–the dessert reappears later, at a watershed moment.) So if Becca could speak, she’d be asking for this dessert.

And you will be too, once you sample this recipe. It’s so rich and decadent, yet simple and quick. So give this treat a try! And while you’re at it, listen to or download a text file of Becca’s Book, Serial #10 below, and find out just why Becca stepped forward from the pages of her book to make a special request for this dessert.

chocolate hazelnut mousse

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

3/4 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup Nutella, or other chocolate hazelnut spread

1 Tablespoon hot water

1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso

1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer hazelnuts in a shallow pan and put in preheated oven for about 7-9 minutes to toast them. Watch these carefully as it is easy to burn them. Once they become aromatic and turn a golden brown, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool.

toasted hazelnuts

Dissolve the instant coffee in the hot water. Add Nutella to coffee mixture and stir until well combined.


Add the whipping cream to a mixing bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form. Fold Nutella mixture into whipped cream until evenly combined. Divide mixture between 2 serving cups, sprinkle with cooled toasted hazelnuts, and serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

bite of mousse

{Adapted from Erica’s Sweet Tooth}

To view or download Becca’s Book in its entirety (and for free!) click on the cover.

To listen to or view Serial #10, click on the audio or the text link below the cover.


Becca's Book cover

Becca’s Book, Serial #10, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Becca’s Book, Serial #10, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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