Peach Mousse Verrines for Josie’s Virtual Baby Shower
Food blogging is a truly magical thing. Though I’ve said it before, it bears repeating. It brings together people from different circumstances who share one common love. Friendships are made over conversations about food, but they continue based on so much more. When I met some of my friends at BlogHer Food earlier this year, I felt as though I’d known them forever. Before the conference, I made plans to share a room with my friend Josie. After meeting her (and the other people I “knew” beforehand), I was so sad to leave. I even got a little teary-eyed as I walked away from them, luggage in hand, knowing I had just experienced something amazing but not knowing when we would all see each other again. Since I can’t celebrate Josie’s upcoming addition in person, I’m so glad Annie is hosting this virtual shower for her.
Josie, being a true Georgia girl, loves peaches. So when my peach drink concoction didn’t turn out as planned, I decided to go a different route and make a dessert instead. I wanted something that would be light, since showers of any sort are always (at least in my experience) heavy on food. I also wanted the recipe I chose to really showcase peaches. When I found this recipe, I knew it would be perfect. There’s minimal sugar added, which really allows the natural sweetness of the peaches to come through. Plus, it had that light texture I was hoping for. Though I made this recipe into four verrines, you could certainly make smaller ones. They would look lovely lined up on a dessert table in small glasses, each with a small spoon inside. The verrines start out with a peach purée layer that is brightened up with a little lime zest. On top of that is an airy peach mousse that makes up the majority of this dessert. Strawberry purée finishes off the verines, and you’re left with a light, fruity and refreshing dessert that tastes like summer in a glass. Josie, I hope you and the baby enjoy this, and I wish I could be there to share it with you in person.
- YIELD: 4 servings
For the peach purée:
1 teaspoon powdered gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup peaches, peeled, pitted and diced small
Juice and zest of a lime
2 tablespoons sugar
For the peach mousse:
1½ teaspoons gelatin
2 tablespoons water
¾ cup peaches, peeled, pitted and diced small
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup heavy cream
For the strawberry topping:
½ teaspoon gelatin
2 teaspoons water
¾ cup fresh strawberries, halved
1 tablespoon of sugar
Splash of lemon juice
To make the peach purée, sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a very small bowl and set aside.
Place the peaches, lime zest and juice and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until combined. Heat mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Divide evenly among 4 glasses and refrigerate until set.
To make the peach mousse, sprinkle the the gelatin over the water in a very small bowl and set aside.
Purée the peaches in the bowl of a food processor until completely smooth. Place the purée and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
When the mixture has cooled, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the peach purée. Divide evenly among the glasses and refrigerate until set.
To make the strawberry purée, sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a very small bowl and set aside.
Purée the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor until completely smooth. Heat the mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Divide evenly among the glasses and refrigerate until set.