Balsamic Strawberry Mousse
The heat wave the last couple of days have led me to get creative when it comes to using up some of this week’s produce from FFTY, mostly because I’m unwilling to run the air conditioner and the oven at the same time – it just seems kind of silly and wasteful to heat the house at the same time as cooling it. I had had some vague ideas of making a crisp or something with the strawberries we received this week, but the hot weather made that difficult, so I did some finger-walking on Google and decided to try making a mousse. Having never made a mousse before, I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I thought it came out delicious.
The weather did cool down yesterday – so we shut the A/C back off and opened the windows. In fact, it got a little chilly last night, and we ended up closing some of the windows and turning off the fan. We also settled on a gardener yesterday. Which was a little annoyance all on it’s own, actually – we had one guy that we really like come out and look around. He seemed great, and said that he would get back to us with a bid. But, as any homeowner should, we went ahead and got a couple of other bids – one of them from another guy that we liked as well – I mean, he wasn’t our first choice, obviously, but not a bad second choice, for sure. So we waited for the first guy, our top choice, to get back to us.
And we waited.
Finally – after leaving a message and waiting a day for a response, I decided to commit to our second choice guy… and of course an hour or two after I commit to our second choice, the first choice guy finally calls back. I was disappointed, but I had to tell him that I wouldn’t feel right about giving a commitment to a company and then changing my mind in such a arbitrary fashion. Particularly since the second (now first) choice guy had given me a bid within 24 hours, whereas he had taken over a week to call me. At any rate – I’ll be glad to start seeing some progress made on the yard. It has an unfortunate tendency to get away from Mr. Man and I. I have no talent for it, and he has no time. One of these days maybe we’ll actually get it to where we would like it – as opposed to just dealing with what was left by the previous owners.
But anyways, back to the mousse – while I was making this mousse, I realized that I definitely will need to work on my folding technique if I’m going to make this frequently. Folding delicate things like whipped cream, egg whites, etc… isn’t really something I excel at – so my mousse had thin little streamers of unincorporated whipped cream in them, but it didn’t really affect the taste, so I didn’t worry about it. The important thing is not to mix all that air out of the cream.
The Balsamic Flavor was a little bit strong – so next time I might do a blend of Balsamic + something else (Brandy? Red Wine? Hmmm…). Personally, I adored the balsamic – which is par for the course, as I love Balsamic (and tangy things in general). But Mr. Man felt it was just a teeny bit too vinegar-y. I probably should have let it chill for a little longer to set more before serving, but we didn’t want to wait. I’m also already imagining several easy ways to dress it up elegantly for when we have guests over or a special occassion – and I don’t think it has to be limited to just strawberries. Almost any pureed fruit could probably do.
- 1 Envelope Unflavored Gelatin
- 1/4 cup High quality Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Pint Room temperature* Strawberries; hulled
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- sliced strawberries for serving/garnish (optional)
- Sprinkle the gelatin on to the balsamic vinegar to allow it to soften (about five to ten minutes)
- In a blender, puree the strawberries and sugar together until combined
- Add the Balsamic Vinegar mixture to the Strawberry mixture and puree until combined
- Whip the heavy cream until stiff
- Gently fold the strawberry mixture in to the whipped cream
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until set
- Serve with sliced strawberries if desired
*If the strawberries are too cold, the gelatin will lump.