Showing posts with label mousse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mousse. Show all posts

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Mousse Cups / Day 13 of 14 Days of Valentine's Day!

These Valentine Mousse Cups are special.
The cups are put together using Ghirardelli candy
squares and chocolate frosting. Then they are filled with
Chocolate Mousse. Although these are made with
the Valentine candy squares, any of the squares would
do, making this a special dessert for any celebration!

chocolate mousse

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Oreo Mousse!

There is nothing like a cool and creamy mousse! It is refreshing; oh, so creamy, and it's just fun to call food~ mousse! This mousse is a simple and delicious one. I had been looking at a box of Jello Oreo pudding in the baking aisle of the grocery for a few weeks. I just couldn't imagine what to do with it. Finally, I just bought it, figuring if I set it on the counter and looked at it long enough, inspiration would strike. It didn't. So I put it away in the cupboard. One day it just hit me, and so here it is! This mousse would be the perfect ending to a picnic or outdoor party. It just has to be kept cold. If you are having a fancier event, they could be made into individual mousse by using some of the cute mini containers that are available. No matter how you serve it, you will find this mousse to be easy to make and very delicious! That's always a great combo!

Oreo Mousse 
(this recipe makes 3-8 ounce mousse)
1 box Jello Oreo Pudding
2 cups Milk
crushed Oreo Crumbs
1 cup Whipping Cream
1/4 to 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
Mini Oreo Cookies

Mix the box of oreo pudding with 2 cups of milk.
Whisk for 2 minutes.(these are the directions on the box)
Let set up for 5 minutes.
While your pudding is setting up, whip your whipping cream
on high until medium peaks begin to appear. As they start to show, 
add your 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar. 
Taste it and if you feel it needs to be sweetened, add more. 
Finish whipping the cream until stiff peaks appear.
Gently fold in 1 cup of the whipped cream to the pudding.
I used oreo cookies that I had in the house for the crushed
oreos. I just removed the inside cream, put the 
top and bottom oreos in a zip lock bag, and crushed them
with a rolling pin. You can also use the precrushed
crumbs, of course.
Sprinkle some of the oreo crumbs into the bottom 
of your glasses. I didn't measure exactly, because 
not everyone will use the same type of glass as I did.
I put enough oreo in so that it would be visible once the
pudding goes on top. 
Add the mousse filling until about half way.
Add some of the oreo crumbs on top of the layer of
mousse filling.
Add filling up to the top of your glass.
Use the left over whipped cream to pipe on top of
the mousse filling. I used a wilton tip # 1M. Then top
the whipped cream with a mini oreo.

Thanks for joining me today!

Here's a thought from a Oreo Mousse eater~when eating the mousse,
stir the oreo crumbs in with the pudding with your spoon as you are eating it.
It's really good! :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Orange Creamsicle Mousse

We are continuing "Mini Week" here at The Freshman Cook and today we are making Orange Creamsicle Mousse! There are two really good things about this recipe. First, any type of mousse really lends itself well to being a mini dessert. The consistency of the mousse is perfect for spooning into layers, so it looks beautiful through a glass. Second; to me creamsicle just screams "SUMMER", and what could be better than that.

Today's recipe is loosely taken from our giveaway cookbook, "Just Mini Desserts". I say loosely because the recipe I used, is designed to be given your own interpretation. It is on page 38 of the book, and it is a great recipe! I see a lot of experimentation in the future!
 Orange Creamsicle Mousse
{Makes 12  2-3 oz. desserts}

1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted Butter
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 8 oz. softened Cream Cheese
8 oz Whipping Cream
1-2  tablespoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
3 tablespoon Orange Zest
1 tablespoon Orange Juice
1 drop Americolor Orange
I always have graham crackers, but never just the crumbs,
so I make my own. Just place about 5 graham crackers
in a zip lock bag. Start rolling over the graham crackers with
a rolling pin. Go over them a few times, so they are 
finely crushed. I always seem to make too many, so I just save the
leftover in the same bag.
Make your whipped cream by adding the 1-2 tablespoons
of sugar to the heavy whipping cream and mixing on high
until stiff peaks appear. Set aside about 1/3 cup to 
 to put on the finished mousse.
Mix the melted butter and the 1 tablespoon of sugar
with your graham cracker crumbs.
Place the graham cracker mix in your mini glasses.
I placed it an angle, just to create a different look,
but you could also level it across.
Set aside about 2-3 tablespoons of the graham
cracker crumbs to use as garnish later.
In your mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese
and the vanilla until fluffy.
Fold in the whipping cream.
Divide the mix in half by putting 1/2 of it in another bowl.
Add the orange zest and orange juice to the half in the
mixing bowl. Mix well. 
Add the drop of Americolor Orange. 
Mix until blended. 
Put come of the orange mousse on top of the
graham cracker in your glasses.
Place a layer of white mousse on top, 
and then finish with another layer of orange.
Use a pastry bag to top off each glass with 
some of the whipped cream you set aside earlier.
Sprinkle the tops of the whipped cream with the
graham cracker crumbs you set aside earlier. 
Refrigerate until serving.

Thank you for joining us today!

Come back tomorrow as we make another dessert
as part of our "Mini Week of Desserts"!

Don't forget about our giveaway for the Libbey "Just Desserts" 
25 piece Parfait Set and the "Just Mini Desserts" cookbook!
You can enter every day by simply leaving a comment
telling me what your favorite mini dessert is.
Leave one every day of this giveaway if you want.
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The giveaway ends Sunday, July 15 at 11:59 pm PST.
We will draw and announce a winner on Monday, July 16.!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Key Lime Mousse Shooters

This weeks dessert is one I have made several times. At one time I was a pastry chef for a catering company. This was a dessert we made for several special occasions. It is a great recipe for a large gathering. There are not many ingredients, it looks like you went to a lot of work, and it tastes wonderful and refreshing. It is a dessert meant to impress. So give it a try!
Key Lime Mousse Shooters 
Makes about 17
(adapted from Taste of Home website)
4 ounces Cream Cheese, very soft
2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
15 Key Limes
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
plastic shot glasses
mini spoons
Place soft cream cheese and sweetened condensed
milk in mixing bowl.
Remember the post I did about hand juicers? 
That is what I used here.
Juice your key limes until you fill the 1/4 cup. 
It took 11 key limes to make a 1/4 cup. I double checked 
this by pouring into a glass measuring cup. It 
measured a bit more in the glass cup, but I left it in. Because
I have made this recipe before, I knew it would be ok.
(This just solidifies what I was saying with Mondays 
appetizer fiasco!)
Pour the juice into the bowl and mix.
Now we need to make the whipped cream. This means we
need to put our key lime batter in another bowl for a few minutes.
You could make the whip cream before the key lime mix,
but there are two reasons that I didn't. First, once I mix
whipped cream, I don't usually like to move it a lot.
I worry about it falling when it is getting jostled around,
plus this recipe calls for the whipped creme to be folded in
with the key lime mixture. That presents another opportunity
for the whipped creme to fall flat.
Whip your whipped cream until stiff peaks appear.
Fold the whipped cream into the key lime mix.
Do this by gently putting your spatula under the mix
and then turning it over. Do this several times.
Place the mix in a pastry bag.
Line up your shot glasses.
 Pipe the mix into the shot glasses.
I did not use a decorating tip. I only used the coupler
that I inserted in the bag.

As you fill the shot glasses, leave a little room at the top.
Make some more whipped cream. Use about 1/2
cup of heavy whipping cream, and 2 tablespoons
of confectioners sugar. Whip until stiff peaks appear.
Add more sugar if you think it needs it.
Then pipe the whipped cream on top of the
mousse filling. Use the coupler with no tip.
Thinly slice the key lime, and then cut the slices in half.
Garnish each cup with the key lime slice.
  Don't they look great?
They are a treat you will be proud to serve.

Thanks for joining me this week for
our mini's menu.

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