Strawberry Mousse.. is Berry, Berry Good!

It’s one of those dry, scorching Southern California summer days and I’m headed back to the valley through Malibu Canyon. What was once so green and lush has quickly turned brown and parched now that the rain has stopped, and summer is clearly here. Malibu Canyon is one of those places that’s been seemingly untouched since prehistoric times. It’s just jagged mountains, huge rocks and dried brush, really not much else. As I meander my way through the canyon, out of nowhere appears a strawberry stand. My eye is attracted to a giant hand-painted sign of a large, red strawberry. I figure, if you’re out in the middle of nowhere, the these must be some mighty fine strawberries this guy is selling. I pulled over to the side of the road, dust flying everywhere and approach the stand that seems like an oasis in the middle of a desert. Damn, these are some good looking berries…so I buy five baskets.

When life gives you berries, make mousse!

A layer of lemon curd & a layer of strawberry mousse

Strawberry Mousse

The Silver Palate Cookbook

2 1/2 pint baskets strawberries, stemmed, washed, drained

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin

6 tablespoons boiling water

2 egg yolks

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons Cointreau

2 cups heavy cream, chilled

additional strawberries for garnish


1.Combine strawberries, lemon juice and gelatin in the bowl of a food processor with a steel blade. Puree until smooth. Pour in boiling water and process again, briefly. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

2. In bowl of a mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow and thick.  Whisk in Cointreau and beat for another minute. Pour egg mixture into the top part of a double boiler and stir until slightly thickened, and hot to the touch. Cool to room temperature.

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

4. Whip cream to soft peaks and fold gently into chilled mousse mixture.  You can spoon mixture into individual dessert glasses, or one large bowl. You could pipe into chocolate cups, or spoon over fruit. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes 8 to 10 portions

When life gives you berries...make mousse!

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8 Comments on “Strawberry Mousse.. is Berry, Berry Good!”

  1. Wow, such a cool combo, recipe and presentation. Too cool!

  2. Carol says:

    Mama Mia!!!! I want one right now – these look delicious – and oh so beautiful, festive – and fancy!!!!

  3. Alexandra says:

    I’m having a barbecue this weekend, and I think this would be the perfect summer dessert to serve my guests. I like the little glasses that you use too!

  4. wanda says:

    How beautiful, looks too pretty to drink!
    It keeps getting better, Sheryl.

  5. Sheryl, these are so, so pretty! A feast for the eyes!

  6. caiti says:

    this looks so refreshing!! i think i have to try it soon!

    i’ve linked this on my blog.

  7. Berte Bass says:

    Can’t wait to try. Perfect for this hot weather. Article TEERRIFIC. Berte

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