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I know, I know, it’s not Feb 14th. And I’m not crazy either. I told you before: I’m a lucky girl, I celebrate Valentines twice.  That’s because June 12th is the love day for us Brazilians.

I’m not sure why we are different since our foundations are so European. Some people say it’s based on economical reasons, to shake consumption a bit since we don’t have any other big holiday in this time of the year. But I’m pretty sure I found the right reason, we do celebrate Valentine’s now because it’s strawberry season!!!!

I just can’t think of a better excuse than that. Think, strawberry is the fruit of love, red, heart shape, sexy, luxurious…..

You are not a Brazilian and don’t wanna celebrate an of season Valentines? Ok, just make this white chocolate and nutella mousse, pair it with some vanilla-mint marinated strawberries and give yourself some pleasure! Who said you have to share it?

I learned this recipe in a restaurant I used to work. It’s way easier than any mousse recipe I’ve saw before, no eggs, no cream, no sugar, two ingredients and a few minutes, plus the fridge time and you are gonna end with an amazing, rich and flavorful chocolate mousse. Probably you are gonna spend more time chopping the strawberries than preparing it. Check it out!

Prepare the mousse:

Plan in advance, it’s better if it’s made one day before.

Chop chocolate in small pieces and put it in a blender. Bring milk to boil and pour over chocolate. Blend mixture ‘til the chocolate is completely melted and the mix is aerated.

The blend time can vary according to your blender power. Just keep blending ‘til you get a nice and smooth mixture, otherwise it’s gonna turn into a ganache, not a mousse.  Add more milk if it’s necessary, but just a bit at a time.

Pour half of the mixture into a bowl, add a few tablespoons of nutella (without mixing), cover with the rest of the mousse, add more tablespoons of nutella and mix kindly, just to obtain a marble effect on top. Refrigerate overnight.

Next day cut the strawberries into quarters. Chop the mint and mix with strawberries. Add vanilla, mix well and set on the fridge for up to 2 hours.

Just before serving, place about half cup of marinated strawberries into individual serving bowls. Shape a portion of chocolate mousse into a quenelle (just to be more elegant) and place it on top of strawberries!


10 Responses to “Strawberries for Valentine’s!”

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  2. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Oh man just one more thing to love about Brazil! I wanna visit so badly =D This looks yummy.

  3. amanda areias

    Xiaulu, thanks for stopping by again!!

  4. Josie Lee Suská

    Looks great! Does letting the vanilla bean sit with the strawberries for only 2 hours really impart a vanill-y flavour? I might be tempted to go for longer.

  5. amanda areias

    Josie, thanks for stopping by!. Well, I like to eat my strawberries as soon as possible after cutting them. It’s not the case here but specially when you add sugar or alcohol, they became “gooey”. And if you are using vanilla bean you don’t have to wait longer. They give a pretty intense flavor to the strawberries.
    Please, let me know if you try the recipe!

  6. Kelly

    Hi Amanda, this looks wonderful (BTW; nice quenelle with the mousse on opening pic:)
    I think we all should celebrate Valentines day twice a year!

  7. Melissa@EyesBigger

    Ah strawberries are perfect for “valentine’s day”! This looks so wonderful – I have to try that mousse. I’m going strawberry picking next week so I’ll have to give this a try 🙂

  8. amanda areias

    Thanks Melissa, Let me know if you’d tried ok?

  9. Mónica Pinto

    Morangos, nutella e chocolate branco, humm…já para não falar na baunilha! Bem apropriado para o dia de S. Valentim… ou para outro dia qualquer. Acho que todos os gulosos concordam comigo, não?


  10. amanda areias

    Monica, you are write, they are perfect for any day of the year!!!!

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