Caramel Mousse with Caramel Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts
June 3, 2014


When I made this incredible caramel mousse recipe previously in order to layer it in a trifle, it was so, so good that I knew I wanted to use it in a recipe all on its own.  This mousse has such a luscious, rich taste to it that you just need a little of it to feel as though you've eaten a lot of dessert. Because of that, you can serve small portions of it piped into small wine glasses or served in these great little tasting spoons that my good friend, Yvonne, gave me. This dessert is perfect for those. 

this is not a large wine glass, this is a small 11-oz.
Eddy Stackable wine glass from Crate & Barrel,
so there is just a small serving of Mousse in it


The mousse is not hard to make at all and I've topped it with a very easy caramel sauce and some chopped toasted hazelnuts.  


Caramel Mousse with Caramel Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts

for a printable recipe click here

serves 8 - 10 (but, of course, it depends on how much mousse you use for each serving. When I made this, I had enough for 8 - 10 wine glasses with a nice serving of mousse in each one or probably about 36 individual tasting spoons.)


for the Caramel Mousse:

For the Caramel Sauce:




Make the Mousse:

Whip 2 cups of heavy cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Refrigerate.

Mix sugar and 6 Tablespoons of water in a medium size sauce pan.  Place over medium heat until it begins to turn from a pale amber to rich caramel color, approximately 8 minutes.  Immediately remove from the heat as the sugar will continue to darken as it cools.  Important note: do not stir the mixture once it’s on the heat; just let it heat to the proper color.  If you need to stir in some sugar crystals that have accumulated on the sides of the pan, gently swirl the pan.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly but do not stir.

Slowly whisk ¾ cup heavy cream into the caramel - the caramel will tend to bubble up as you add the cream. Set aside to cool slightly.


As the caramel is cooling, bloom the gelatin: sprinkle powdered gelatin into 2 Tablespoons of cool water.  Allow it to sit for 3 to 5 minutes, but don't let it become firm.

Whisk gelatin and sea salt into warm caramel.  Let cool a little more.  Gently fold caramel into whipped cream.  

Refrigerate until completely cold. 

Make the Caramel Sauce:

Place sugar in a heavy 3 quart pan over medium-high heat. As the sugar begins to melt, whisk vigorously. As soon as the sugar comes to a boil, stop stirring. You can swirl the pan a bit if you want, from this point on. As soon as the sugar has melted and is a golden amber color,  add the butter to the pan. Shut off heat. Whisk until the butter has melted.

Slowly add the cream to the pan and continue to whisk. It is normal for the cream to foam up when it's added - just keep whisking.  Whisk until the caramel is smooth and has no lumps.  Pour into a heat proof container and let it cool to room temperature.  If you are not using it right away, store in the refrigerator and warm it up a little before serving so it is pourable.

Toast the hazelnuts:

Preheat the oven to 425° F.  Lay the hazelnuts out onto a foil lined pan.  Toast for about 5 minutes.  Remove hazelnuts and place on a clean kitchen towel.  Wrap them in the towel and rub them vigorously- this will remove the dark skins.  Place the hazelnuts in a plastic bag and take something heavy like a meat pounder or wine bottle and pound them until they are chopped finely. 

Serve by either spooning the mousse into serving dishes or piping the mousse using a pastry bag with a large tip. Drizzle a little caramel sauce over each portion and top with the hazelnuts.

Mousse recipe adapted slightly from Harrison House

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