CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT MOUSSE TORTE

This particular dessert is amazingly easy and delicious.  It's perfect for any occasion you want to look exceptionally culinarily accomplished. There is barely any baking is involved which leaves your oven free for other things. The results are amazingly decadent. It taste like a light creamy Nutella pie with a cookie crust.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Torte (adapted from Everyday Food)
For crust:
16 honey graham crackers

1/4 cup of chopped hazelnuts, plus more for garnish
tb. of brown sugar
1/2 tsp. of salt
1 stick of butter melted and cooled

For filling:
1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
5 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

 

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulverize all the dry ingredients, graham crackers, sugar, salt, and hazelnuts in a food processor. Funnel in the melted butter and stop when just combined. Pour in a 9 inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the bottom and push the crust evenly around the sides of the pan. Bake in oven until golden and fragrant, about 20 minutes. Let cool COMPLETELY.
To make the filling, pour 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream into a medium saucepan. Cook until simmering. Turn off heat, pour in chocolate. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then whisk to combine.
While the chocolate and cream rest, whip up remaining heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form, gently fold the chocolate mixture in. Pour into cooled pie crust, and garnish with remaining hazelnuts (toast for extra flavor). Cover and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours. Can be made 2 days ahead of time. Enjoy!