Try to use only the best tasting cherries for this dessert. Did you know that cherries are recommended in large quantites to relieve the pain of people suffering from gout.
Cherry Mousse Serves 6
For the Caramelised cherries
24 cherries, pitted 3 1/2 oz/100g caster sugar 3 Tbsp water Juice of 1/2 lemon
For the Cherry Mousse
12 oz/350g cherries, pitted zest of 1 lemon 4 3/4 oz/130g caster sugar 18 fl oz/500ml whipping cream white chocolate to decorate
For the caramelised cherries - in a small saucepan, melt the sugar in the water and a few drops of lemon juice over a medium heat. Continue to cook until the sugar turns golden brown. Stir in the cherries and the rest of the lemon juice. Cook for another minute. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Divide between 6 wine goblets.
For the cherry mousse - whizz the cherries in a blender, then stir in the lemon zest and half of the sugar. In a separate bowl whip the cream with the remaining sugar until it has a light mousse-like texture*. Lightly fold the cherry puree into the whipped cream and divide the mix between the glasses.
Chill the mousse for a couple of hours.
Grate some white chocolate over the mousses just before serving.
*be careful at this stage and don't overbeat, sadly I did on the first attempt.
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