Cranberries out of the Bag – Part 3 – Dessert

November 6th, 2009 / Comments 1

Cranberry Sauce, whether straight from the can or an innovative version, is a welcome side dish but these versatile berries can also be the basis for dessert.

Interior variations 03 Cranberries out of the Bag   Part 3   Dessert
Consider cranberry mousse, a three-ingredient wonder and if cranberry mousse doesn’t tickle your palette, how about cranberry gelato? Here’s how ( x 2).

Cranberry Mousse
I began by heating and stirring one cup of jellied cranberry sauce until it was the consistency of applesauce. I whipped one cup of heavy cream in a chilled bowl until stiff peaks formed and then folded the softened cranberry sauce into the cream along with one tablespoon of orange liquor. Spooned into four dessert bowls, the mousse was ready to serve.

Cranberry Gelato

Gelato has two parts – a creamy custard and fruit. For the custard, I heated two cups of whole milk and one cup of heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat while I whisked together four egg yolks, a pinch of salt and half a cup of sugar in a bowl. When the egg mixture was thick and pale yellow, I slowly added half a cup of the heated cream mixture to temper the egg yolks. The tempered egg yolk mixture was combined with the rest of the cream and milk in the saucepan and heated until it had thickened slightly and reached 185 degrees. I removed it from the heat and put it in the refrigerator to cool.

While the custard cooled, I simmered one cup of cranberries along with a quarter of a cup of sugar and one tablespoon of water until the berries formed a thick sauce. I pureed the sauce in a blender and put it in the refrigerator to cool. I combined the cooled fruit and custard and finished the gelato in an ice cream maker.

To freeze the gelato without an ice cream maker – pour the gelato into a shallow metal pan, put the pan in the freezer and stir the mixture every 15 minutes until it is frozen. Transfer the gelato to a bowl, cover and freeze it for at least an hour before serving.

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Cranberry Mousse List

  • 1 c jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 T orange liquor

Cranberry Gelato List

  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 c cranberries
  • 1/4 c sugar
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