Berry GoodPosted: April 19, 2012
Raise your hand if strawberries are your favorite type of berry. Yep, I knew it. That’s why I know a lot of you will love this strawberry mousse. It’s so light and fluffy and sweet. Also, surprisingly easy to make. It’s a perfect springtime dessert.
– 1 cup of finely chopped strawberries
– 8 tablespoons of sugar
– 5 tablespoons of water
– ¾ teaspoon of unflavored gelatin
– 2 egg whites
– ¼ teaspoon of vanilla
– ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
Add the chopped strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Let stand for 10 minutes and then process until smooth.
Pour 2 tablespoons of water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let stand for 5 minutes. Then add the egg whites and beat with a hand mixer until foamy. Gradually add 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
Place 6 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240º, about 4 minutes. (Careful – cook this too long and you’ll get burnt sugar syrup.)
Gently pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg white and gelatin mixture and beat, first on medium and then on high, until stiff peaks form. Then beat in the vanilla.
Place the whipping cream in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the egg white mixture, and then fold in the strawberry mixture. Spoon into individual cups, cover and chill for at least 2 hours until mousse is set.