you’re so easy to love: bourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts

bourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts | everybody likes sandwiches

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and for me going out to a restaurant for dinner is not going to happen. As a rule I hate going out to dinner on a Saturday night because of crowds and being out on a day where everyone’s couple-ness is on display doesn’t seem all that fun to me. Though I have to admit that many years ago, Cornelius and I went out for a very late Valentine’s Day dinner. The restaurant was somewhere in the West End of town and it was all tricked out in pink twinkle lights and shiny red hearts. We walked by and picked it based on gaudy decor alone. I have photographic proof of being lit up in a rosy glow (man, my hair was short!) and while the food was instantly forgettable, I was charmed by just how Valentines-ey it all was. I harbour no ill will towards V-Day, I embrace it!

bourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts | everybody likes sandwiches

This year, we have no plans other than just being together and hanging out. There’s been a lot of late night and work for the past several weeks and it’s been exciting and great, especially coming off such a dud of a year (thanks for nothing, 2014!). After being in LA last November, we went back for a few days in January. I walked for miles and miles in LA while my husband was in meetings and then we cozied up in Silver Lake for a weekend. We went to the Getty which was incredible. We had delicious margaritas on the outside patio at El Chavo in Los Feliz with friends. Drank great beers Sunset Beer and Mohawk Bend. Ate great ramen at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo. Gazed at the moon – and at the general amazingness of the building & signage – at the Griffith Observatory. I drank iced coffees on any patio I could find, used Uber for the first time and enjoyed inexpensive taco truck tacos. The weather, this time, was amazingly warm and sunny so that added some spring to my January step. I can’t wait to go back. LA, you’re so much better than I ever thought you could be.

bourbon espresso chocolate moussebourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts | everybody likes sandwiches

And you know what else is great? This dark chocolate bourbon mousse. With toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top to add a nice crunch. Served in super cute and oh-so-tiny vintage Dutch espresso cups. I made this recipe back in December. It was supposed to be our Christmas Eve dessert, but I totally screwed up and bought half-and-half cream instead of full fat heavy cream. I had already melted the chocolate and was wondering why my cream wasn’t setting up. Damn. So I let the chocolate cool, covered it with plastic wrap and let it sit for a week on the counter. On New Year’s Eve day I was prepared. I had whipping cream in the fridge and friends coming over for dinner. There’s a lot of steps to this dessert, but it’s not too fussy – just make sure you buy the right kind of cream! Cream, eggs, chocolate and bourbon. Nothing to it really. Everyone loved this mousse. It was dark and silky and as light as air. It’s a perfect special date dessert.

bourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts | everybody likes sandwiches

Serve this to the one you love best. If you’re flying solo, there’s no need to share it with anyone. Enjoy it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

bourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts | everybody likes sandwiches

5 comments to “you’re so easy to love: bourbon chocolate mousse with hazelnuts”

  1. 1
    June Burns   February 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Mmm that looks like a terrific mousse flavor! Easy to love indeed 🙂

  2. 2
    Julie   February 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Oh. My. Yes!!

  3. 3
    Joanne M   February 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Ditto. We stayed home for Vday. Your trips to LA sound amazing! Will you be going back again? Mmmm, the chocolate mousse with hazelnuts looks soo delicious!! And those mugs are so stinking cute!!!

  4. 4
    kickpleat   February 17, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Thanks, June & Julie 🙂

    Joanne, the mousse was really great. And I’m hoping for another LA trip sometime soon – fingers crossed!

  5. 5
    Rocky Mountain Woman   February 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Chocolate/Hazelnut is my all time favorite dessert combo. Can’t wait to try this!

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