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March 10, 2015
Rose explains in her Introduction that this Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse tart was a mere modification of the Peanut Butter Mousse Tart from The Pie and Pastry Bible. Swapping hazelnuts for peanuts is a matter of preference, she says, but for me, her change made me reconsider the lowly peanut versus the soft-spoken hazelnut—a hazelnut that went from a commoner to a noble in one simple “swap.” How is it that nuts can be classed and outclassed? My guests fell silent while, forkful by forkful, the experience of this Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart became one of the most elegant and refined desserts that we’ve tasted.
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