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by Liren Baker

Liren Baker is the voice behind the blog Kitchen Confidante, where she shares taste and inspiration in the kitchen. Inspired by the beauty of food, what it represents, what it invokes, and what we can create out of it, she shares recipes and images that remind her of her heritage, her childhood in New York, and the vibrant culinary culture she has learned to embrace in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives.

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  • Fresh raspberries are pureed, releasing their sweetness and brilliant hue, and then whipped into a dessert so creamy and lovely. I do believe we should treat ourselves to a raspberry mousse once in a while…special occasions not necessary!
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    Raspberry Mousse

    Makes 8 small servings

    2 pints fresh raspberries
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    juice of half a lemon
    2 teaspoons gelatin
    1/2 cup water
    1 cup heavy cream
    shaved white chocolate, for garnish
    additional raspberries, for garnish

    Place the raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Strain the raspberry puree into a bowl, and discard the seeds. Set aside.

    Sprinkle the gelatin over water in a small saucepan. Heat the water over low heat, gently stirring until the gelatin is dissolved completely, about 1-2 minutes. Stir the gelatin into the raspberry puree, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely and thicken. This will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    Place the raspberry gelatin mixture in the bowl of an electric mixer with the whip attachment. Whip the gelatin for about 2 minutes on high speed, until fluffy. While continuing to whip, slowly drizzle the heavy cream into the mixing bowl, then whip for another 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture is combined and thick. Pour into serving glasses and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. If making in advance, cover with plastic wrap before chilling.

    Garnish with white chocolate and raspberries before serving.

    Recipe very lightly adapted from raspberry mousse, Taste of Home.

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