Chocolate Hazelnut Surprise- Frugal Friday

So, desserts don’t usually make it in to my Frugal Friday posts. But drown me in amaretto if this one isn’t frugal.

Mr Chocolate’s parents were coming over for lunch and my thoughts had been else where. The lunch bit was sorted, but it would be nice if there was a little sweetie something to follow it up with. Now what do I have?

some cooking mistake freezer brownie

some old cream

some sad looking strawberries

oh and some chocolate (50%)

Now I hate tossing food out. I can generally give something a new lease of life well after it has looked it’s best. I like the challenge of it, and it let’s me be a little creative in the kitchen. I was a little nervous with this one though, as it wasn’t just the usual culprits eating it.

Hmmm, thinking cap on, and…

Chocolate Hazelnut Surprise

crumble up some freezer brownie

then whip up

300mls of cream that needed using

add a good shake

Β of some hazelnut meal through it (approx 50g)


1 tsp vanilla into the whipped cream

and then slowly drizzle some

melted dark chocolate (about 100g- I used 50%)

in as well (don’t over whip it)

layer it with your brownie (or an old chocolate/plain cake you may have hanging around)

add a few

chopped up sad looking strawberries on top and then

drizzle a little more chocolate on


So how did it taste?


Did the inlaws suspect anything less than a well planned dessert.

Hell no.

(This is not a recipe. Not really any way. Just use what you have and play. You will probably end up with a lovely tasty surprise.)


25 thoughts on “Chocolate Hazelnut Surprise- Frugal Friday

  1. Oooh, I always have cooking mistake freezer brownie on hand – seriously! I’ve been trying to get vegan chewy brownies right for ages! This looks so fabulous.


  2. I too hate wasting food and am forever thinking what I can make out of what’s left. Well done on such good use of what you had to put this delicious looking dessert together…I would be so happy to havce that served up to me!


  3. It seems you managed to be a star daughter-in-law (and wife, and mother), and get in some fun experimenting (in a frugal way no less), and produce a rather amazing looking dessert. In other words, you can have today’s superwoman prize πŸ˜€

    Looks wonderful!


  4. Frugal-yes- but that is just the bonus!
    You have strawberries, brownies, hazelnuts and chocolate in there!!!
    I WANT some!
    Actually, though, I’m not surprised- you are gifted at these kind of treats, Brydie!
    (lucky in-laws)


  5. I’ve just tagged you to answer the Ten Questions currently being passed around the table! Hope you don’t mind sharing your own answers with the rest of us! πŸ™‚


  6. Definitely frugal! Delicious sounding too. I think I have some freezer brownies, and certainly have some rather standard chocolate cake in there that would do the trick.

    I love the feeling you get from using things up that might otherwise have gone to waste – a good warm glow!


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