Traditional Raspberry Mousse
Originally posted January 3, 2013. Updated 1/21/21
The holiday season may be over, but some of us aren't ready to forfeit our sweet tooth to the new years resolutions just yet!
This mousse is light, airy, fruity... and feels a little celebratory. Great for entertaining, special occasions (Valentine's Day!)... or any day, really.
Also, this recipe isn't horrible as far as desserts go. It's not a TON of sugar, it's gluten free... it has fruit, dairy, and hey, the eggs count as protein, right?
Traditional Raspberry Mousse vs Easy Raspberry Mousse
When it comes to dessert mousse, there are two main styles - “Easy” and “Traditional”.
What is Easy Mousse?
“Easy” style mousse is basically flavoured whipped cream that’s been stabilized with gelatin.
You can start from scratch - beating heavy whipping cream until it’s ... whipped cream - or you can start with a product like Cool Whip.
Either way, you add your flavouring - liqueur, fruit, chocolate, extract, whatever - and some gelatin that you’ve bloomed and melted.
Whisk it all together, put it in cups, chill it a couple hours, and you have easy mousse.
What is Traditional Mousse?
Traditional mousse is made with raw egg yolks and/or egg whites.
It generally comes together in 3 parts:
- Flavour base (Fruit, etc), usually mixed with sugar and the bloomed and melted gelatin
- Whipped cream. When I’m doing a chocolate mousse, the chocolate is usually in with the whipped cream.
- The egg whites.
Note: While traditional mousse is perfectly safe for the vast majority of the population, pregnant women, the elderly, and immune compromised individuals may want to opt for the easy version, which does not contain any raw eggs.
Which Mousse is Better?
If you don’t have any health considerations that rule out the use of the egg whites - and are willing to invest the extra 5 minutes?
Honestly, the traditional mousse is 100% worth the effort.
Easy mousse is like flavoured whipped cream. It’s a tasty flavoured whipped cream, but the texture isn’t the same as the real thing.
The whipped egg whites produce tiny bubbles, and give the whole thing a fine ... foam... texture. It’s lighter and fluffier than easy mousse, and way more fun to eat IMHO.
Feel free to substitute a non-cream liqueur of choice for all or part of the water.
This mousse is particularly great with Chambord or Cointreau in place of the water
Other Fruit Flavours
You can use ALMOST any fruit in this recipe. ALMOST.
If you use raw fruits high in enzymes - kiwi, fresh pineapple, papaya, etc - they will break down the gelatin and not set.
You can cook these fruits to deactivate those enzymes (or used canned!), but I tend to just avoid them altogether for this recipe.
Any other fruit... peel / seed if necessary, and puree. Measure out 1 cup, and go from there.
This recipe comes from my first cookbook, The Spirited Baker. It’s FULL of fun, tasty recipes using spirits and liqueurs for flavour – you should check it out:
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More Fancy Recipes
Planning for a special dinner, whether Valentine’s Day, a special date, or a fancy dinner party? Here are a few recipes to consider!
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Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli
Boozy Crème Brûlée
Chocolate Dessert Ravioli
Clementine Mousse with Champagne
Easy Kahlua Panna Cotta
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How to Make Cream Puffs and Croquembouche
Mushroom Brie Turnovers
Mushroom & Goat Cheese Braid with Balsamic Glaze
Pepper Crusted Tuna with Wasabi Cream Sauce
Phyllo Crab Triangles
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Shrimp & Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
White Chocolate Almond Amaretto Truffles
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Traditional Raspberry Mousse
- 1 cup Raspberry puree *
- ⅓ cup Sugar
- 3 tsp Unflavored gelatin powder
- ⅓ cup water **
- 2 Large egg whites
- 1 cup Heavy cream
- Combine raspberry puree and sugar together in a large bowl, set aside.
- In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Transfer bowl to microwave, heat in 10 second increments until gelatin dissolves into the liqueur.
- Pour gelatin into fruit puree mixture, stir until well incorporated, then set aside while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
- In a separate bowl (stand mixer, ideally!), whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold into chilled fruit mixture, stirring until combined.
- Whip cream until stiff peaks form, then carefully fold in to the fruit mixture, stirring until combined.
- Pour into 6 serving glasses, chill until set, about 2 hours.