This adorable dessert is an elegant way to end your meal. You can find kataifi, a finely shredded pastry dough, in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grocery stores, as well as many major grocery retailers—look for it next to the phyllo in the freezer section. To keep the nests crisp, fill them with mousse at the last minute. Cost: $1.55 per serving
- Prep time 30 minutes
- Total time 2 hours & 30 minutes
- Portion size 8 servings
- 85 g semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (about 3 oz) finely chopped
- 1 cup whipping cream (35%)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 24 yogurt-covered raisins chocolate-covered raisins and/or small oval candies
- 115 g kataifi dough (about quarter pkg) thawed
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder sifted
- 2 tablespoons icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
MethodChocolate Mousse: Place chocolate in heatproof bowl. In small saucepan, heat cream over medium-high heat just until bubbles form around edge; pour over chocolate, whisking until melted. Stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly; place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Beat mousse until soft peaks form.
Kataifi Nests: While mousse is chilling, using hands, gently separate kataifi. In large bowl, toss together kataifi, cocoa powder and icing sugar to coat. Drizzle with butter; toss to coat.
Divide kataifi mixture into 8 bundles. Holding by ends, twist each bundle into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick rope; wrap ends together to form into rounds. Firmly press 1 round into bottom and up side of each of 8 muffin pan wells.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until crisp, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely. Run tip of knife around edges to release from pan. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Fill nests with mousse.
Garnish: Top each nest with 3 raisins.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Cover the kataifi dough with a damp tea towel when you're not using it to keep it from drying out.
Nutritional facts per serving: about
- Fibre 1 g
- Sodium 101 mg
- Sugars 13 g
- Protein 3 g
- Calories 258.0
- Total fat 20 g
- Potassium 149 mg
- Cholesterol 50 mg
- Saturated fat 12 g
- Total carbohydrate 22 g
- Iron 6.0
- Folate 2.0
- Calcium 3.0
- Vitamin A 13.0