Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wasting time - (Passion fruit Mousse)

The week after exams was something I learnt to treasure last year, after doing my Ordinary Level exams. Nothing beats the lazing around, doing whatever you want and simply wasting time.

It's not that I always study. I waste time watching tv when I'm supposed to be working ( don't tell my parents!). But when you're really up against it, with exams looming ahead, wasting time is sort of like a guilty pleasure. No really, you do feel incredibly guilty about not revising. In short, when exams are close you are compelled to study which makes the days after exams complete and utter bliss......

Passion fruits are abundant in Sri Lanka at this time of year. We normally make a drink with the pulp, a little sugar and water but it's nothing special.This is though. It's my attempt at recreating this utterly delicious mousse I had at a hotel last year. Words fail to describe it.
The acerbic fragrance of the passion fruit cuts through the creaminess, creating a really tangy, light mousse.

Passion Fruit Mousse
Make about 1 1/4 liters

200 ml of passion fruit pulp
190 g caster sugar
6 eggs, separated
1 tbsp lime juice
375 ml (1 1/2 cups) double cream
3 1/2 tsp powdered gelatin
1/2 cup water

Beat the egg whites until foamy and holding soft peaks then whip the cream to soft but firm peaks.
In a small bowl, pour the 1/2 cup of water over the gelatin and leave till it becomes spongy. Stand the bowl in a larger bowl of hot water and stir until dissolved.
Beat together the passion fruit pulp, egg yolks, sugar and lime juice in a big bowl and mix in the dissolved gelatin. Fold in the cream and then the egg whites.
Pour the mousse into into individual serving glasses (how many you can fill depends on the size of the glass) or into one big bowl.
Leave to set in the fridge for about 3 hours.

Once the mousse is set, you can spoon over some more passion fruit pulp. You don't have to though. :)

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