Rain, Rain and more Rain
Los Angeles, surprisingly has been getting completely hammered with some very much needed rain and snow. As if mother nature decided to make up for a decade plus of drought in just the last couple of weeks. This all maybe great for our dried out state but it takes it toll on my mood. Preferring instead to curl up in bed with Kam, listening to the rain fall rather than getting things done.
Something Bright to Brighten the Mood
Instead I decided to get in the kitchen and make something bright, and dream about the upcoming Spring time. Who says you can’t curl up and get cozy with a fresh mixed berry vanilla mousse. I say poo, YES you can!!
This is not you traditional mousse, so don’t expect that thickness and structure, but it’s a rather lighter, creamier and softer texture. Surely, I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Super simple, easy and can be thrown together in a flash with just a couple of ingredients, many of which you possibly have on-hand. The mixed berries can easily be changed to what ever combination of frozen berries you prefer. As well, you may also choose to use a single berry of your choice. Using only raspberries will create a bright pink mousse, sure to please for Valentines’ Day.
There are only 2.5 of us in our household, so I choose to make larger portions. The mousse certainly could be made in a single large mold, much smaller ramekins for entertaining or served in clear glass bowls. Try garnishing with a small dollop of fresh whipped cream along with the mint and berries. Oooooo purdy!
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries, thawed
- 1/4 cup cold water
- juice of 1 medium lime
- 2 Tablespoons apricot Jam
- 1/3-2/3 cup of sugar *(see notes)
- pinch sea salt
- envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups fat free vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup fresh berries (optional for garnish)
- 4 sprigs fresh mint (optional for garnish)
- Puree 1 1/2 cups of mixed berries in a blender or food processor. Place puree in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan combine water, lime juice, apricot jam, sugar and salt. Whisk well until jam breaks down and sugar is dissolved.
- Sprinkle the top of the mixture with gelatin, making sure all of the gelatin gets wet. Allow to sit for few minutes until gelatin softens, then cook mixture over low heat until gelatin dissolves.
- Slowly pour gelatin mix into reserved berry puree, stirring to combine.
- Refrigerate berries for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the consistency becomes like egg whites.
- With a hand mixer beat chilled berries until it becomes slightly lighter in color and fluffy.
- Fold vanilla yogurt into whipped berries then immediately transfer into 3-cup mold or individual serving dishes
* the amount of sugar is based on your personal preference as well as the sweetness of the berries. Start with 1/3 cup then taste and adjust the sweetness after adding the gelatin mix to berries then use more sugar if needed.
Whatever you choose will sure to please. Let’s breathe some life into your winter greys and whip up this simple mixed berry vanilla mousse. Please comment below. Let me know if you liked it.