Friday, February 8, 2008

My Life: In Arizona and a Recipe for a Strawberry Dessert

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last couple of days. I am in Arizona. I will return to my blog on Monday with new posts. I went to a restaurant the other day and had the most delectable Strawberry Mousse. This recipe from "The Silver Palate Cookbook" is quite close to the one I ordered. It could also make a nice dessert for Valentine's Day.

Strawberry Mousse
Serves: 8 - 10


2-1/2 pints strawberries, stemmed, washed, and drained
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
6 tablespoons boiling water
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Cointreau
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
Additional whole strawberries, for garnish


1. Combine the strawberries, lemon juice, and gelatin in a food processor. Purée until smooth. Carefully pour in the boiling water and process again, briefly. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

2. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow and thick. Whisk in the Cointreau and beat for another minute. Pour the egg mixture into the top of a double boiler set over simmering water and stir until slightly thickened and hot to the touch. Cool to room temperature.

3. Combine the strawberry and egg mixtures and chill until just beginning to set.

4. Whip the cream to soft peaks and fold gently into the chilled mousse mixture. Spoon into 8 to 10 individual dessert glasses or a serving bowl. Chill for at least 4 hours. Garnish with the whole strawberries before serving.

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