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Green Tea Mousse with Pistachios and Cream

This delicious and unusual looking dessert is made in two layers. The first layer is pistachio instant pudding, made with heavy cream as well as milk, for an extra thick finish. The top layer is green tea mousse, made with gelatin and eggs for a good consistency, cream cheese, and milk for creaminess and decorated with crushed pistachios. You can either use extra gelatin and unmold this dessert or follow the recipe and serve it in glasses, because it is a bit soft for unmolding made this way.

Pistachios and green tea might be the same color but that is not the only reason they are combined in this green tea mousse recipe. Their flavors are wonderful together as well. If you are serving an Asian meal, what about having this Asian inspired green tea mousse for dessert? If you have company, this wonderful and easy mousse recipe is certainly a talking point.

Green tea is not a drink that everyone likes and, admittedly, it is not a dessert flavor that everybody likes either because it is quite unusual. However, more people love this green tea mousse than do not like it and it is well worth making because if you do like the flavor of green tea, you are going to love this. The flavor of green tea is hard to describe but it is more herbal tasting than regular tea. Green tea ice cream is especially popular in parts of Asia and it has a mild and refreshing taste.

Creamy Pistachio and Green Tea Mousse
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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Ingredients
  • 3 leaves gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon green tea powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted pistachios, crushed
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 small pistachio instant pudding
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 16 whole pistachios, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine the pistachio instant pudding with 1 cup of the milk and the heavy cream.
  2. Whisk it for 2 minutes, and then divide it between 8 serving glasses and chill.
  3. Put the leaves of gelatin in the cold water to soften.
  4. Mix the egg yolk with the sugar, then whisk in the cream cheese and green tea.
  5. Warm the remaining ½ cup of milk in a pan, and then dissolve the gelatin leaves in it.
  6. Whisk the egg white until it forms soft peaks, and then whisk this into the warm milk.
  7. Combine the milk mixture with the green tea mixture and spoon this mixture on top of the pistachio pudding mixture in the serving glasses.
  8. Sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the top just before serving and garnish with a couple of shelled pistachios.

Photo Description:

This easy green tea mousse is garnish simply with a couple of unsalted pistachios. The dark chocolate garnish is optional but you can buy dark chocolate shapes or even make your own by melting dark chocolate and piping it into an attractive pattern, then leaving it to set. If you only want to make the green tea mousse, without the pistachio mousse layer, you can use extra gelatin to firm it up even more. Then, when you unmold it, you can stick crushed pistachios all over the outside as well as on the top, so it looks more like the photo.
 
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