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Easy Strawberry Mousse

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My loyal readers know I have this little love affair with berries, and who doesn’t love a no-bake dessert?? When I spied this sublime Easy Strawberry Mousse on Christy’s blog, I knew I had to treat my family.

Grab some fresh summer berries and give this luscious strawberry dessert a try. Using fragrant, ripe berries will make this a dish you’ll want to serve when berry season is at its peak!

Strawberry Mousse in small white ramekins garnished with whipped cream and half a strawberry

Easy Strawberry Mousse

May is when we finally see strawberries at our farmers’ market. Though many grocery store berries are lovely, nothing compares to the ultra sweet, local spring berries. It’s still a bit too early for harvest around here, but I was able to find some fragrant strawberries for this picture perfect strawberry mousse. Two full pounds are needed!

Mousse desserts are perfect for summer. There’s no need to heat up the kitchen by turning on the oven and who doesn’t love a luscious, creamy dessert? I’ve had my eye on this No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Mousse, as well as these Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Cups, plus I’m loving the idea of topping my mousse with this dreamy Lemon Whipped Cream.

Strawberry Mousse in 4 white ramekins lined up on a silver tray with red handled spoons

My Blogger CLUE Assignment

I was the lucky recipient of the blog of my sweet friend, Christy, Confessions of a Culinary Diva.  Her Strawberry Mousse Forever enticed me with the cute title, then reeled me in with the list of ingredients.

TWO pounds of strawberries were utilized to create an intense berry flavor—and strawberry mousse is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Christy and I both participate in the French Fridays with Dorie group and I finally got to meet her in person last fall in Seattle.

Besides being a terrific writer and a successful banker, she is kind and lovely—we had so many laughs especially when we met some over served Canadians. Thanks for this terrific recipe, Christy.

Tips for Making Strawberry Mousse

You may wonder, how do you make mousse? There are many variations, some with just whipped cream, others utilize cream cheese to thicken and still others require gelatin or raw eggs. This homemade strawberry mousse uses whipped cream, cream cheese and gelatin.

  • This Fresh Strawberry Mousse is made with 2 pounds of berries. The taste will depend on the quality of your strawberries. Use your senses of smell and sight to pick out fragrant, unmarred berries. Local summer berries work well, but in season imports from out of state can be delicious, too.
  • PRO-Tip: Did you know alcohol is a flavor enhancer just like salt? The Chambord liqueur can be left out, but it will add an additional depth of flavor.
  • Plain gelatin is used to stabilize this mousse. There are some tricks if you haven’t worked with plain gelatin before. First it must soften in some liquid, in this case Chambord. Then since it gels, it must be melted before mixing into the other ingredients.  In this recipe, it’s scraped into some hot syrup to liquify. The recipe gives all the details.
  • Since gelatin is involved, this mousse will need at least 4 hours in the refrigerator to set.
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Strawberry Mousse | A sweet. creamy spring time dessert

Easy Strawberry Mousse

Fresh Strawberry Mousse, an elegant berry dessert!

Recipe courtesy of Cook’s Illustrated via Confessions of a Culinary Diva (slightly adapted)

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mixing, No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled (6½ cups total)
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur (Chambord is preferred)
  • 1¾ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cream (4 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
  • Berries and whipped cream to garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. Reserve 3 strawberries to use as garnish.
  2. Pulse remaining strawberries in food processor in two batches until most pieces are between ½ to ¼ inch thick (approximately 6-10 pulses). Transfer the berries to a bowl and toss with ¼ cup sugar and salt. Cover and let stand for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not wash food processor.
  3. Place heavy cream in the bowl of the stand mixer and refrigerate cream and bowl until ready to use.
  4. Strain strawberries through fine-mess strainer set in small saucepan, rendering a minimum of ⅔ cup juice. Reserve juice, and do not wash bowl. Return strained strawberries to the food processor and process until smooth 15-20 seconds. Strain puree through fine-mesh strainer into now empty bowl, pressing on solids to remove seeds and pulp until you have 1⅔ cup of puree.
  5. Place Chambord or raspberry liqueur in a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over liqueur and let sit until gelatin softens about 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cook reserved juice over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 10 minutes (syrup will be thick). Remove from heat. Pour gelatin mixture over hot syrup and whisk to dissolve. Add softened cream cheese and whisk vigorously until smooth. Whisk in the 1 2/3 cups strawberry puree until combined.
  7. Using the stand mixer fitted with the whisk, whip chilled cream and remaining ¼ cup of sugar until the cream holds peaks. Add berry mixture and mix on low until no white streaks remain, 10-15 seconds. Portion into dessert dishes and chill for at least 4 hours.
  8. Garnish with whipped cream and strawberry halves.
  9. Mousse will keep up to 48 hours.

Notes

Total time does not reflect chilling time

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55 comments on “Easy Strawberry Mousse”

  1. Creamy, dreamy and delicious!

  2. This is kind of the dessert I eat very often during the berry season. Yours looks so beautiful!

  3. Those little cups of mousse look so beautiful and delicious! Perfect for our berry month.

  4. Lizzy , I love all your desserts especially those with raspberries and strawberries 😀 This mousse looks pretty as a picture , perfect treat for summer !

  5. Yes, please! I love berries too and this mousse looks and sounds AMAZING!

  6. Strawberry mousse? Count me in! What a fun idea — something different from the usual chocolate (not that I’m turning down any chocolate mousse, mind you!). Really nice — thanks.

  7. YES please!! This looks like a perfect summer dessert!

  8. I love creamy desserts that are packed with fruity flavor. So lovely and the perfect dessert for warmer weather.

  9. That’s a lot of berries! I must be berrylicious! (Sorry. I couldn’t help myself!)

  10. Cool and creamy and full of strawberry flavor! This mousse is divine, Liz. Great pick for this month’s berry theme!

  11. This recipe sounds amazing! I absolutely love how light and fluffy that mousse is – absolute heaven!

  12. Lizzy! I love berries too and this look beautiful!:)

  13. Very pretty! Looks nice and light, change that strawberry topper for some blueberries and it’s down right patriotic:@)

  14. Enticing recipe, indeed, Liz! Looking it up now on Christy’s site.

  15. Light and creamy mousse…my weakness….

  16. This Mousse sounds heavenly, Liz! Your description has my mouth watering! Gorgeous!

  17. These are so pretty, Liz! I love that there is some chambord in this recipe. What a delicious addition 🙂

  18. This is amazing. Such a great creamy and flavourful mousse.

  19. So chic ! This dessert is elegant and beautiful ! I’m sure that is so tasty!

  20. I wish it was strawberry season.. 🙂

  21. Pretty dessert. Didn’t realize May is strawberry month for you.

  22. I always get excited this time of year when the berries start popping up. I cannot wait to go berry picking at our local farm.

  23. This is so beautiful, I just love the pale pink color. I do not eat enough mousse – I really need to try this one, that hint of Chambord sounds perfect!

  24. That looks SO amazing – decadent, but light, tasty and refreshing…. what more could you ask for!?

  25. I think this is the prettiest mousse ever, Liz! That color is just gorgeous!

  26. Gosh, this strawberry mousse looks amazing! Instead of serving size being 4-6 it would be 2 in my case because I’d want so much more! 🙂

  27. Liz – my mouth is officially watering right now! This looks and sounds amazing! I bet is did not last long in your house!

  28. ooooooooh it would make Michael’s day if I made him this mousse!

  29. 6 1/2 cups of strawberries plus Chambord would indeed be berry intense…And make this Ninja Baker berry happy!

  30. Strawberry Mousse has my name written all over it. All these years everyone just keeps presenting the chocolate mousse deal and no one has ever once told me you could make strawberry mousse, until now1 Thanks!

  31. I can’t get enough of strawberries whenever the season is here. Love this mousse, it’s so creamy and the color is so pretty!

  32. Your presentation is always on point! I can count on one hand the times I’ve made mousse but I see lots more of it in my future. This recipe will definitely be one of them.

  33. Lizzy,
    This mousse looks delicious. My older sister will flip when I make this for her.
    Annamaria

  34. Oh wow – this looks so good! I would so love to sink a spoon into this for dessert!

  35. Your mousse looks lusciously smooth and the color beautiful.

  36. Love to have it anytime

  37. Love it

  38. looks wonderful, stunning photos!

  39. Thanks for a super idea….I can easily make this dessert low-carb. 🙂

  40. Loved it! Made it last night and all the ladies in my office asked for the recipe!! This will be a go to in my recipe box!

  41. I love how fresh this is and this is perfect for the Valentines for a perfect ending for a romantic meal!

  42. Hi there. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious! Is there any way i can leave out the liquor or perhaps substitute for something non alcoholic.  Thank you. 

  43. Why do people comment on a recipe when they have not made it?  It’s funny to read people commenting on a picture instead of how a recipe works & tastes.
    I have not made it, so I can’t comment on it, but I do have a question.
    Step 7 says “whip chilled cream and remaining ¼ cup till the cream holds peaks”.
    Remaining 1/4 cup of what ?
    I don’t see in the recipe where 1/4 cup of anything was held back.
    I’d like to make this, so I hope someone can answer.
    Thanks! 

    • Hi, Richard,

      I’ve updated the recipe to clarify that the 1/2 cup of sugar listed in the ingredients is divided—1/4 cup to sweeten the berries and 1/4 cup to sweeten the cream. Hope you enjoy!

  44. Perfect for my ext tea party with friends!

  45. Would love this for a girly party!

  46. I’ve never made mousse from scratch, so I love how easy it is. Looks delicious!

  47. Dare I say this is even better than chocolate mousse? Yum!

  48. Such a gorgeous dessert! I love it!

  49. This looks so refreshing, and perfect for brunch!

  50. Such great strawberry flavor and so silky!

  51. What a delicious recipe to make with strawberries- I love it!

  52. My kind of dessert!

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