With spring in the air and summer around the corner, here's a summery treat. A light airy dessert which looks beautiful too. Pale pink mousse with specks of strawberry in it. I have used strawberries here but raspberries, blueberries or mango would be equally delicious. Another twist on this and to give it a textural contrast would be to add some fruit pieces into the cream and then setting it. This portion makes 4 medium servings. So here goes...
1 1/4 cup whipping cream
8-10 medium strawberries
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
Clean and hull the strawberries. Cut into 2 pieces. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and add the granulated sugar and strawberries into it. Mash the strawberries slightly to release some juices. Bring to a boil. Cool and puree in a blender. It should make about 3/4 cup of puree. You can also sieve the puree to remove the seeds.
In a chilled bowl, take 1 cup of the cream, add the powdered sugar and whip to stiff peaks. In the remaining 1/4 cup cream add the gelatin and set aside for 10 minutes for the gelatin to bloom. Heat the cream (not in a microwave) to warm it (do not boil) and dissolve the gelatin. Then mix this cream with the puree. Fold 1/2 the whipped cream into the puree (mix fruit pieces at this time if you want). When it is of even color, fold in the remaining cream. Portion into 4 cups and chill for an hour to set.
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