Saturday, February 20, 2010

Strawberry Mint Mousse

I haven't updated much lately! We've been eating mostly at home, but nothing really new to share--going through a pretty familiar rotation of meals for the most part.

On the other hand, at school we have been preparing lots of new different things. There have been some disasters that I call authentic learning experiences:) and some successes. We finally have our menu nailed down for our competition, which is a good thing since it is in two weeks from today!!

This comes from Food & Wine, and it is really really great! We even made chocolate bowls to put them in. We're going for the look of a chocolate covered strawberry with the play on the strawberry mousse and the mint "stem". These pictures are from the first run, so it's a little sloppy. We're working on that!

Strawberry Mint Mousse

from Food and Wine

1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered (or finely chopped if you don't want big chunks in your mousse)
3 tbsp sugar (we will increase this by 1 tbsp next time)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 heaping tbsp slivered fresh mint

In a medium bowl, sprinkle the strawberries with the sugar and mash lightly with a fork until the strawberries have exuded some juice and the sugar begins to dissolve. Let macerate for 15 minutes.

Strain the juice from the strawberries into a bowl. Whisk the sour cream into the juice. In a medium bowl, whip the heavy cream to soft peaks. Fold in the sour cream mixture. Gently fold in the strawberries. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 20 minutes. Spoon the mousse into bowls and garnish with the mint.

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