Monday, September 27, 2010

Berry Mousse

There is something about the term mousse, it sounds so decadent.  It's really rather simple to  make.  This particular recipe is quite versatile.  I have made it with raspberries, strawberries, and now mixed berries.  Each time it was delicious!
Start by combining 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, and 2 cups of frozen berries of your choice, in a saucepan. 

Bring this to a boil and simmer for about 1 minute.  Set this aside to cool.
Now place 1/2 cup heavy cream in a bowl with 6 ounces of white chocolate.
Microwave in small increments, stirring in between, until it looks like this.  Set this aside to cool.
This is the berry mixture after I let it cool and ran it through my food processor.  I did that because I planned to pipe the mousse into little chocolate cups to make my Mini-mousse.  I found out that the food processor is not sufficient.  My tip still got clogged.  If I make this again with plans of piping it, I'll strain this before continuing.  If you don't plan to pipe it in any way, skip this step entirely.  The chunks of berries look nice in the finished mousse.  To process or not to process is completely up to you and your palette.
When both the fruit mixture and the chocolate mixture are cooled, mix them together.
Isn't that a fabulous color?
Now whip 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until good and stiff.  I try to get it as stiff as possible without turning it into butter.  It's a guessing game.  Fold the fruit mixture into the whipped cream.
YUM!  It will stiffen a little upon refrigeration.  I piped this mousse into the mini-mouse cups.  This recipe could fill 3 dozen cups of this size.
The berry flavor goes great with chocolate!  This mousse also makes a great cake filling as long as you don't forget the dam.  I made this mousse with strawberries for a filling in a wedding cake.  Paired with a vanilla cake, it was delicious!

Hope you'll try it out.  You won't regret it!