As I have mentioned multiple times, spending time in the kitchen is a great way to get to know your loved ones and so much fun! I took the opportunity to spend some quality time this week with my Aunt DEE, this DEE’ssert is named after her! I have not seen my aunt in over two years but time apart has never caused a lack of conversation. We can pick up right where we left off since we share the same passion for DESSERTS! We both love to bake and experiment in the kitchen so what better way to spend time together than creating some awesome desserts!
My aunt shared with me that this is her favorite mousse recipe. Thankfully, she was kind enough to share it with me so that I could share it with the rest of the world! You are going to LOVE it! She loves to make this mousse because it is so easy. It is also helpful that it also low carbohydrate and can be made sugar free for anyone that is watching their diet!
I was very impressed with what a wonderfully light textured mousse this is and that it is packed FULL of flavor! Within minutes we were able to create flavored mousse using our favorite gelatin flavors such as lemon, lime and orange while adding fruit juice to give it some extra pizzazz! We made lemon mousse made with real lemon juice and regular lemon jello, lemon-lime jello made with lemon jello but we added real lime juice and food coloring to give it that awesome green color and lastly, orange mousse. The orange mousse made with real orange juice and unflavored gelatin (no pulp) had to be my favorite! It made a mousse that was bursting full of flavor. When I tasted it, it was as if I was eating a creamsicle or should I say DREAMsicle! It was literally a party in my mouth! Yum! Creamsicles were one of my favorite novelty icecreams as a child so I was overly excited at the possibilities of adding this mousse to a layered cake. although the lemon mousse would be amazing as well. The possibilities are endless!
Of course, I had to go home and try it out! In my own kitchen I used one package of sugar free strawberry gelatin (you do not have to use sugar free gelatin) melted in 1/2 cup of boiling water. I added 3 ice cubes to cool it off. I immediately placed the gelatin in the refrigerator to make sure it was cool before adding it to my whipped cream. I then whipped 1-1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream with a hand blender on high until stiff peaks formed. It is best to put your glass or stainless steel bowl and beaters to your mixer in the freezer before pouring your heavy whipping cream in it so that everything is as cold as possible. This will ensure that the whipping cream whips up quickly.
This mousse is very versatile. If you want more of a fruity flavor in your gelatin (i.e. lemon, lime, grape or orange) you can replace the water with your desired fruit juice. It is simple. You can also add up to 3/4 cup of boiling water to regular gelatin (not sugar free) and up to 3/4 cup of ice to cool it off. I would caution you though, when you add the gelatin liquid to your whipped cream, add it slowly so you don’t ruin the whipped texture. If that happens you can add more gelatin melted in a tiny bit of water or juice (microwave for 10 sec.) to gain that whipped texture back. If you think the texture is too thin add gelatin, if it is too thick add more cream. Using the sugar free gelatin, the texture was perfect with the measurements listed! It came out light and airy and tasted great!
If you desire to sweeten your mousse feel free to add powdered confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the desired sweetness. Get creative with this one and have fun!
1 package gelatin (doesn’t have to be flavored if using fruit juice in place of water)
1/2-3/4 c. water ( or all or part fruit juice)
1/2-3/4 c. ice cubes
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (cool whip can be substituted)
food coloring if desired
Place your bowl and beater that you will be using to whip the heavy whipping cream in the freezer to make sure it is cold. Pour the package of gelatin in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, add the water or fruit juice and boil in the microwave (about 90 seconds) then add to the gelatin. Stir until all of the gelatin is dissolved. Add the ice to the gelatin to cool it down. Immediately, place the gelatin mixture in the refrigerator to cool it down even more. Pull your bowl and beaters out of the freezer and measure out 1-1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Pour into your chilled bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Slowly add the gelatin mixture to the whipped cream while whipping it on high speed to the desired sweetness and thickness. If you desire it sweeter you can add powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time to your liking. The mousse will thicken more when refrigerated. You can also add food coloring if desired. Chill for one to two hours before serving. Enjoy! Please share your comments!