Monday 2 August 2010

Delicious berry desert

I went fruit picking in Oxford at the weekend and ended up with masses of berries in the fridge, so I had to figure out something to do with them all. I also had some gelatine staring down at me from the shelf in an intimidating manner. I bought it by accident and it's been sitting there for a while now, just staring at me every time I open the cupboard. I'm always intimidated if I haven't used an ingredient before, but it's good to push yourself, and it turned out that gelatine is stupidly easy to use


Punnet of strawberries (aprox 500g)
Punnet of rasberries (aprox 250g)
170-200ml sweetened condensed milk
2 gelatine leaves

Blend the berries with the condensed milk. I used a 170g tub, and ate a bit of it (I couldn't help myself I LOVE THE STUFF) so it was probably closer to 150g what went in. And they did turn out a little tart, therefore I recommend using more. Soak the gelatine leaves in a bit of water, drain and melt over a hot stove. Add it to the berry blend. Now, it's ready to pour into ramekins and cool in the fridge for a couple of hours before eating. There are infinite varieties of this kind of mousse, and I still have quite a few of those leaves left - I feel an era of gelatine-based deserts coming on...

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