Passion-Fruit Mousse

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 1999

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup passion-fruit puree
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Fill a medium bowl with ice water; set aside. In a small nonreactive saucepan, combine eggs, sugar, and passionfruit puree. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, immediately add butter, and stir well to combine.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the orange juice and 2 tablespoons cold water. Sprinkle gelatin over orange-juice mixture; let stand 5 minutes. Place over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.

  3. Pour passion-fruit mixture through a fine sieve or chinois into a non-reactive bowl. Stir in gelatin mixture. Place bowl over ice water; whisk constantly until the mixture has cooled.

  4. In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Whisk one-third of the whipped cream into the passion-fruit mixture. Then, in two additions, fold the lightened passion-fruit mixture into the remaining whipped cream. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a number 3 plain round tip; set aside.

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