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Chocolate Hazelnut Trifle With Strawberry Compote

Posted: June 21, 2012 1:00 AM

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Chocolate Hazelnut Trifle with Strawberry Compote

This months Recipe Redux assignment was to create "Small Bites to Celebrate a Big Event". It's the 1st birthday of the Redux and to celebrate all the food bloggers created small bite desserts.

This is a super simple, yet elegant dessert that takes very little time to prepare. While it can be made very quickly, it leaves an impressive impact on your guests because it is so outrageously delicious.

Playing off the idea of tiramisu, this trifle features a Nutella and mascarpone mousse topped with fresh strawberries that macerated in sugar and orange zest. The plastic trifle glasses I used can be purchased at any party store.

Don't forget to check out all the links below my post to see the other food blogs featured in this months Recipe Redux.

Chocolate Hazelnut Trifle with Strawberry Compote

Yield: 4 Servings

Chocolate Mousse
4 oz. Nutella
8 oz. Mascarpone Cheese, Room Temperature

Espresso Cake Layer
4 oz. Brewed Espresso, Cooled
1 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

8 oz. Chocolate Devils Food Cake, Broken Into Small Chunks
2 Tablespoons Hazelnuts, Toasted and Chopped

Strawberry Compote
1 ½ Cups Fresh Strawberries, Quartered
1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 teaspoons Orange Zest

Method of Preparation:
For the Mousse:
Whip together nutella and mascarpone.

For the Cake Layer:
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix to combine.

For the Strawberries:
Combine the strawberries with the sugar and orange zest
Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour.

To Assemble:
Divide half of the cake mixture between 8 trifle glasses
Top with half of the chocolate mascarpone mousse.
Repeat with remaining cake and mousse.
Chill glasses for one hour.
Top with strawberry compote before serving.


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Sounds scrumptious. Anything with frangelica is good in my book. Like the simplicity of combining just marscapone and nutella for the mousse.The plastic containers are cute. Thanks for the tip on where to find them.

ooo, mascarpone and nutella. how easy and mouth-watering is that??! i love these little trifles.

Oh wow, you had me at hazelnut. ;)
This looks delicious!!

Wow - every ingredient sounds scrumptious and love those square glasses you served them in!

Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm interning with the Meal Makeover Moms this week. Love this idea for a rich, yet properly portioned dessert for those nights that you just have to let your hair down a little! Thanks for sharing.

oooh! Very decadent bite!! Sounds delish!

Yum! I can't wait to try this. Nutella AND Hazelnut Liqueur... can't ask for much more than that! I am interning with Regan Jones and love seeing all the creative ReDux recipes... thanks for sharing!

Molly Jones
Intern for ReganMillerJones, Inc.

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