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Mousse a l’Orange

If you like orange gelatin, you will love this light and fluffy gelatin recipe. This orange foamy mousse is flavored with pistachios, dark rum, vanilla and more. The egg white and whipped cream help to give it an airy and fluffy texture. This is a good recipe to try if you have already made a few gelatin recipes or if you are used to using a thermometer when baking. It is quite important to follow the recipe carefully if you want your orange mousse to come out airy and full of bubbles. This is not a recipe for absolute beginners but it is not that hard to make.

This mousse a l’orange is served in one big bowl, and then you can ladle individual servings out of that. The citrus flavor of the orange is beautiful with the nutty pistachio flavor. If you cannot find pistachio puree you could use chestnut puree instead. Alternatively make your own by simmering pistachios in water or milk for an hour. Puree the soft pistachios at the end, and then push them through a fine mesh sieve. You can make any nut puree this way.

If you like fruity gelatin recipes, this orange mousse should appeal to you. The orange and green of the mandarin and pistachios make a nice garnish and this is an attractive looking pistachio and orange mousse recipe.

Pistachio and Orange Mousse with Dark Rum
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 6
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Ingredients
  • 6 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 oz package orange gelatin
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 ½ oz sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz pistachio puree or 8 oz shelled, unsalted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 mandarins, peeled and white pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • Handful of shelled unsalted pistachios, for garnish
Instructions
  1. If you are making your own pistachio puree, you need to simmer the pistachios in water for an hour, then puree and sieve the mixture.
  2. Whip the cream until soft peaks form, then cover it with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator until you need it.
  3. Blend the run, vanilla, and pistachio puree in a food processor.
  4. Add the salt only if you are using homemade pistachio puree (canned puree has salt already added).
  5. Process the mixture until it is very smooth.
  6. Beat the mascarpone with the pistachio puree, cover this mixture with plastic wrap, and set it to one side.
  7. Bring an inch of water to a slow simmer in a skillet.
  8. Whisk the egg whites with the sugar, and then set the bowl in the hot water.
  9. Keep whisking until an instant read thermometer reads 140 degrees F.
  10. This will take about 3 minutes.
  11. Put the bowl with the egg whites in a stand mixer and whisk on a medium high speed until the egg white mixture doubles in volume.
  12. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water.
  13. Warm the mascarpone mixture to 98 degrees F and whisk a little bit into the gelatin mixture.
  14. Add all the gelatin mixture to the mascarpone mixture, and then fold about ¼ of the egg white mixture into it.
  15. Fold the rest of the egg white mixture in.
  16. Fold in the whipped cream, bit by bit, then spoon the mousse into a large serving bowl.
  17. Decorate with the fresh mandarin segments and pistachio nuts and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.

Photo Description:

Orange mousse, or mousse a l’orange as it is known in French, is a deliciously light and aromatic mousse with a tangy citrus flavor. This orange mousse also contains pistachio nuts for color and an exquisite flavor. Some of the pistachios are used to make a pistachio puree and the rest are used for a garnish. This delicious orange mousse is served in a big bowl, so you can serve people however much they want, or they can help themselves. This is not a filling dessert, so it is great after a heavy meal when everyone has indulged but still fancies something sweet afterwards.
 
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