Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TwoFaced Tuesday: Strawberry

"TwoFaced Tuesdays" is a joint venture between CupcakesOMG! and Jenna from The Paleo Project. Each week, we select one secret ingredient and put our own paleo spin on it. You can catch up on the entire series here. Also, if you have any special ingredient requests, you can always tweet us (@CupcakesOhMG and @ThePaleoProject) using the hashtag #TwoFacedTuesday.

When I went home for my birthday a few weeks ago, my mom was using this little red gadget to hull strawberries. My mom, who is just as practical as she is excessive, is a firm believer AGAINST a unitasker in the kitchen. In her mind, a good set of knives and few appliances are really all you need. And I agree. So when she told me that this strawberry huller was one of the smartest unitaskers she's ever used, I knew I wanted one. And so did she. So she went out and bought me one the very next day. Aren't moms swell??

This week, Jenna and I got a request from Megan to feature one of summers greatest pleasures: berries. Naturally, I saw this as a ripe (eh...??) opportunity to try out my new unitasker and make yet another GENIUS paleo dessert. Allow me to present to you Paleo Strawberry Mousse.
I've never had a strawberry mousse, but I have had white chocolate mousse and it's one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. Mousse is basically just eggs and cream, so it's pretty much the perfect canvas for a paleo treat.
I did make this in the traditional way, which means there are raw egg whites in it. If you're worried about it then...don't make this. You NEED the eggs whites. But if you're worried about it and up for the "risk", try to get the freshest eggs you can. That's what I do.
This is a simple recipe with only a few ingredients, and although the steps are straightforward, it's important not to rush things. You'll be folding egg whites and it's important to take your time when doing so to prevent losing the air you're going to whip into them.
But if you're willing to take your time (and eat raw eggs), you'll have a delicious and fresh dessert to enjoy.
As a disclaimer, I haven't perfected the texture of this mousse--it's more foamy than it is creamy, but it's still totally nom-able. It's kinda like a really soft ice cream that isn't as cold as ice cream. That said, when I try this again, I think I would add another batch of whipped coconut cream at the end, since the first round of coconut cream becomes runny after adding the strawberry puree. 
But I mean, my god! How can you NOT want to eat this????
I'm also excited to try this with other fruits, since I'm pretty sure you can do it with anything that will puree in a food processor. Peach is next on my list, but they don't make a unitasker for that.
Head over to The Paleo Project to see Jenna's take on berries!

Paleo Strawberry Mousse
Makes about 6 servings
  • 6-8 strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 4 egg whites
1. In a food processor, combine strawberries, lemon juice, and honey. Blend until pureed. It will  be runny.

2. In a stand mixer, whip coconut milk into whipped cream. When using coconut milk, you only want to use the milk solids (none of the water). Some people find that it's easier to scoop out when you refrigerate your cans first, but for some reason that never works for me. Bottom line, just scoop out the opaque white stuff. Leave the clear stuff in the can and save it for a smoothie or whatever.

3. Using another mixer (hand will work just fine), beat egg whites into a stiff peak. 

4. Slowly drizzle in the strawberry puree into your whipped coconut cream. About a Tbsp at a time. You don't have to use all the puree, just as much as you like. The more you use, the runnier your mixture will become. I whipped the coconut cream and strawberry puree mixture again at the end to incorporate more air into it.

5. Add about a cup of the whipped egg whites to the coconut/strawberry mixture, folding gently to incorporate. Continue adding about a cup at a time until all the eggs whites have been added. 

6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

*This will also save pretty well for about a day, just store in an airtight container.


Unknown said...

Wow! It looks so yummy! I am going to pop to the shops now and get the ingredients !!


Jenna | The Eighty Twenty said...

You've done it again! Sorry about the miscomm. on the TwoFaced but I think we sidestepped that tragedy. LOVE YOU FOREVER bye

Blue Dog Belle said...

Looks really good! And I love that it's so healthy! Great recipe!

Gayla said...

As always, love the shout out! And yes, I would totally eat that! Beautiful pictures!
P.S. Grandma loves reading your blog, too!

Jamie said...

Awesome idea! (and I had no idea mousse would be so perfect for Paleo)

It's funny, I actually did a "how to" blog a couple weeks ago on removing strawberry tops and saving as much of the meat as possible using a paring knife. But the little gadget is cool :)

Jacqueline said...

mhhhh delicious!!! You sure are a person I would welcome to my home/kitchen anytime!

xoxo, Jacqueline

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RosaLovesDC said...

It looks delicious. I am a big fan of strawberries and a strawberry mouse certainly does sound intriguing.

Alex said...

This would be a perfectly acceptable breakfast, right? Right. Good.

Megan | Freckled Italian said...

OH YUMMM. Also, can we please go have more of the white chocolate mousse soon? Just under a month until Rob lives in Tyson's Corner and I visit every other weekend!

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