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Recipe Redux: Orange Blossom Creme Fraiche and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

It’s the time for the Recipe Redux Challenge. This month’s theme:

“Small Bites to Celebrate a Big Event” – It’s our 1st birthday! And thanks to you, our enthusiastic members, we’ve deem this first year of The Recipe ReDux to be a rousing success! To celebrate we’re following one of the top restaurant trends of recent years: Small bite desserts. Show us your favorite mini-portion sweet treat!

How fun!

We watch Chopped on the Food Network often, and one comment a judge once made that stuck with me is on dessert portions. The right portion is big enough to satisfy the sweetness and richness you crave from a dessert but small enough to keep you wishing you had more.

Very true. The first few bites of a food are the best tasting ones, and satisfaction and enjoyment tend to decline as you eat. If the portion is too large and you eat too much, the last few bites won’t taste as good, as special.

My dessert is actually two; orange blossom infused creme fraiche and chocolate hazelnut mousse.  The creme fraiche has a subtle sweetness that’s a perfect match for the very sweet chocolate hazelnut mousse. Orange blossom water is used often in Middle Eastern desserts, and its aroma just brings back good memories.

Make sure you get orange blossom water, and not rose water. The latter is a bit bitter.

The chocolate hazelnut mousse feels like a cheat. Nutella did the job!

On the first night, we had both desserts together in Turkish coffee cups. The second day, we layered the creme fraiche with chopped fresh peaches and the chocolate mousse with chopped fresh strawberries in small punch glasses. While I loved the fruity version, especially in the summer, the first way felt more restaurant-y and trendy. Plus, I was able to focus more on the creme and mousse, which ultimately gave me more satisfaction.

What are you in the mood for?


Orange Blossom Craime Fraiche and Chocolate Hazelnut Moose
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This post has two recipes: orange blossom infused creme fraiche and chocolate hazelnut Moose. The two different flavors compliment each other, but you can still enjoy one alone.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ c buttermilk
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 3 tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • unsalted pistachios for garnish (optional)
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c Nutella
  • 1 dark chocolate baking square for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh peaches and strawberries, chopped (optional)
  1. For the creme fraiche: in a large glass jar, combine the heavy whipping cream and buttermilk. Stir, cover, and leave in room temperature for 24 hours.
  2. After 24 hours, add the orange blossom water, honey, and cinnamon. Stir, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Serve in small Turkish coffee cups or shot glasses and top with some pistachios. Or layer with fresh fruit in small punch glasses.
  4. For the chocolate hazelnut mousse: combine the heavy whipping cream and Nutella in a medium size bowl or the stand mixer bowl if you have one. Using an electric mixer, beat until soft peaks form. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. Serve in small Turkish coffee cups or shot glass. Or layer with fruit in small punch glasses.
  6. To make chocolate shavings, use a peeler and 'shave' the chocolate bar until you have enough. Sprinkle over mousse.



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  • Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer June 21, 2012, 10:30 am

    Yum! Both recipes sound good. I like your idea of using them with fruit, too.

    • Nour Zibdeh June 22, 2012, 1:22 pm

      Thanks Barb for stopping by and the comment 🙂

  • EA-The Spicy RD June 22, 2012, 2:53 am

    Both desserts look heavenly Nour-There’s no way I can choose! Really pretty photos too 🙂

    • Nour Zibdeh June 22, 2012, 1:21 pm

      EA: I’m learning from you 🙂 try both

  • Jennifer@The Foodery June 22, 2012, 7:47 am

    Hi, Nour! I don’t think I’ve had desserts with orange blossom water, and both desserts do sound great for a summer treat! Thanks for adding that bit about what the judge said on “Chopped,” I think that’s a great piece of advice, and it is so true that you say the last bites are not as special! The best desserts I’ve had were the ones that left me staring at an empty plate, thinking about the flavors, the appearance, and just how wonderful the entire experience was. 🙂

    • Nour Zibdeh June 22, 2012, 1:21 pm

      Thanks Jennifer… Yep, I don’t appreciate desserts that stuff me as much as those that keep me light 🙂 I hope you try orange blossom water

  • Janel June 22, 2012, 7:47 am

    Such pretty photos, Nour!

    • Nour Zibdeh June 22, 2012, 1:20 pm

      Thanks Janel 🙂 I’m inspired by EA–The Spicy RD 🙂

  • Danielle Omar - Food Confidence RD June 22, 2012, 10:01 am

    Love these great ideas, Nour! I can’t decide which one I want to make. 🙂

    • Nour Zibdeh June 22, 2012, 1:19 pm

      Thanks Danielle… make both. This is perfect for entertaining. Just make and pour in cups ahead of time and refrigerate. Serve two options for your guests and they will be impressed 🙂

  • Ashley Oswald June 22, 2012, 2:07 pm

    My name is Ashley Oswald and I’m interning with the Meal Makeover Moms. There’s nothing we love more than a versatile recipe, sure to please all palates at the table!

    • Nour Zibdeh June 25, 2012, 5:50 pm

      Thanks Ashley. My kids loved the recipes too 🙂

  • Mary @BrightonYourHealth June 23, 2012, 11:46 pm

    Beautiful pictures and I love the combination of orange and chocolate- they go together so well.

    • Nour Zibdeh June 25, 2012, 5:46 pm

      I never thought chocolate and orange go together until I tried this recipe 🙂

  • Molly Jones June 24, 2012, 9:21 pm

    Hi Nour! I am interning with Regan and loved reading your post! That recipe looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it…. I’ve never had orange blossom water. Thanks for sharing!

    Molly Jones
    Intern for ReganMillerJonesInc.

  • Dixya June 28, 2012, 11:14 am

    Nour, this dessert looks heavenly. so glad i stumbled into your blog and looking forward to see more posts from you.

  • Ryan Rose August 6, 2012, 10:59 pm

    This mousse looks awesome!

    • Nour Zibdeh September 23, 2012, 9:08 am

      Thanks Ryan. I just checked Dessert Hub… great looking desserts, I’ll keep you in mind 🙂