Sunday, March 28, 2010

Key Lime Mousse And Fresh Strawberries

Here is one of my favorite recipes ever. My sister-in-law Kay use to make a trifle that was very similar. This is a great special occasion dessert!

Key Lime Mousse:

2 TBSP water

1 tsp unflavored gelatin

½ cup unsalted butter

¾ cup sugar

3 TBSP grated key lime zest

½ cup fresh key lime juice

pinch of salt

6 large egg yolks

¾ cup heavy whipping cream

Pour water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until softened. Place bowl in a large bowl of hot water, and stir until gelatin has dissolved and the liquid is clear.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the sugar, zest, lime juice, and salt. Whisk in the yolks until smooth. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens and leaves a path on the back of a wooden spoon when a finger is drawn across it, don not allow this mixture to boil.

Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the gelatin mixture, and immediately pour through a strainer into a bowl. Let cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally.

Beat the cream with an electric mixer on high speed in a large bowl just until the cream forms stiff peaks. Add the cream to the lime mixture in 3 batches, gently folding it in with a whisk or rubber spatula.

Marinated Strawberries:

2 cups sliced strawberries

¼ cup sugar

1 TBSP key lime juice

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl. With a fork lightly mash strawberries to bruise them and release their juices. Let sit in fridge for 2 hours.

Place in alternating layers of mousse then strawberries. Makes 4 servings.

Refrigerate, loosely covered, for at least 2 hours until set and thoroughly chilled.

Bon Appetit!