Summer is all about fresh fruits, and strawberries are some of the most prominent fruits available during this season. The pairing of strawberries and cream with a hint of flaked chocolates sprinkled on top makes for a most fantastic dessert! This romantic and delicious dessert that can be prepared with fresh or frozen strawberries, literally takes no more than half an hour to prepare and a few hours to chill and set in the refrigerator!
You can substitute the strawberries for raspberries to make a raspberry mousse.
If you use a flavored gelatine powder, your mousse will have a more vivid/brighter color than the mousse made with plain or vanilla flavored. I have used the flavored kind.
Place the chopped strawberries in a pan with the cup of water, add the half cup of sugar and bring to a simmer. Let this boil until the strawberries become soft and mushy and the sugar is dissolved. Give it a taste, if needed you can add more sugar as per your taste. If the strawberries are sweet you will not need much, if they are tart you will need a bit more.
Once satisfied with the sweetness, turn off the heat and immediately add the gelatine powder and mix it in well whilst it is still hot. Then place this pan in a bowl of cold/icy water to help begin to cool it down quickly. This mixture should be cool but do not allow it to set.
Whilst it cools, whip the cream with 2 tbsp of sugar and the vanilla essence over a dish of icy water until soft peaks form. Do not over-whip.
Set aside or refrigerate for a while.
Check on the strawberry pulp. If it has cooled completely, blend the mixture properly, then pour it back into a bowl. Add the whipped cream gradually whilst folding with a spatula until well combined. You can reserve some whipped cream for decoration.
Serve into individual bowls, cover and refrigerate. Allow the mousse to set, preferably overnight.
When ready to serve, decorate with a dollop of whipped cream, some chocolate shavings, sprinkles, sliced strawberries...anything you like!