Friday, June 1, 2012

Blackberry Mousse

This time of every year by the end of May, my blackberries, I planted in the back yard years ago, are gradually ripened almost at the same time.  The hubby and I’ve been picking them just about every day which he loves to eat them with the cereal in the morning or just eat them fresh, he does that while he’s picking them… no wash and he doesn’t really care!  And I love making the blackberry smoothie with non-fat yogurt and a liltle bit of honey….hmm… talking about my body is now loaded with super-healthy antioxidant I get from the berries make me feel really… really good!     ~__^

Oh well, since there will be plenty of blackberries, I will have to do something with them, right?  And you will see that I will probably be posting a few dessert recipes that I’ve come up with the blackberries I have.    So, let’s start with blackberry moose - a luxurious dessert that is so light and so easy to make.    
But first, let’s make the sauce.

Blackberry sauce:   make about 2 1/2cups

3 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 orange- fresh squeeze- juice + zest

- Add everything in the medium saucepan over medium heat and cook and keep stirring for about 20 minutes or until all the blackberries are broken down into small bit
- pour the warm berries through a fine sieve using a spatula to push all the liquid out, discard the seeds
 -pour the sauce into a clean jar and chill in the refrigerator

The mousse:   

3/4 cup blackberry sauce (recipe above)
1 small package (2 tsp) unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp cold water
1 large egg white
¾ cup heavy cream

- dissolve the gelatin with water and then mix it with the blackberry sauce, set aside
- with the electric mixture, beat the egg white until firm peaks form, and fold in the blackberry sauce using spatula until no streaks of white remain
- in another bowl, beat the heavy cream until softly whipped and then fold in the berry mixture
- divide the mousse among dessert glasses and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours  
- pour the blackberry sauce on the top of the mousse and garnish with a few fresh blackberries before serving… 


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