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!