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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Banana Mousse



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm rarely able to match the number of bananas I need to the number of people who will actually eat them while sitting at my table. Rather than run short, I inevitably over-buy and end up scrambling to use them before they're fit for nothing other than the compost bin. Fortunately, we love banana desserts, and, in addition to cakes and breads, have come to enjoy a banana mousse that is very simple to make. To my mind, the difference between a mousse and a pudding lies in the lighter and more airy texture of the mousse. A mousse is usually stiffened with egg whites or gelatin, while a pudding relies on a flour or cornstarch thickener. When working with gelatin it is easy to get carried away and use more of it than is necessary. While that won't harm the flavor of the mousse it can affect its texture. I have found that 2 teaspoons of gelatin is all that I need to set this mousse and keep it from getting rubbery. This is a great way to use bananas that have begun to blacken and develop leopard spot. The resulting mousse is nearly fail proof, and, with a bit of garnish, a dish designed for family and friends moves uptown and is fit for guests as well. If you like bananas, I think you'll like this. Here's the recipe.

Banana Mousse...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by a banana mousse recipe from Kenya

Ingredients:
3 medium bananas, peeled and mashed to yield 1 cup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
Optional garnish: shredded coconut or chocolate curls

Directions:

1) Place bananas, sugar, salt and lemon and orange juice in jar of an electric blender. Puree.
2) Combine water and orange liqueur. Sprinkle gelatin over mixture. Allow to soften for about 5 minutes. Heat in a water bath or microwave oven until gelatin dissolves and liquid is no longer grainy. Add mixture to fruit puree and pulse to blend.
3) Beat cream just until very soft peaks form. Fold into banana mixture. Spoon mixture into six (6-oz.) dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate. Chill for 4 to 6 hours before serving. Garnish as desired.

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70 comments :

Nina Timm said...

Smooth, creamy, velvetty ....come to think if it there is no reason whatsoever I can think of NOT to love this mousse!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

What a wonderful dessert! Perfect for summer! I must get me some of that orange liquer! Thanks!

YasmiN said...

at my home,banana's always there.i might want to try this recipe :) thanks mary!have a good day.

by the way,how can i contact you by email? :)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Woe Mary,
ho giusto delle banane nel frigorifero... provo subito la tua ricetta !!!
Buone :-)
felice doimenica :-))

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

My favourite - mousse! Bananas are delicious too. Not so sure about liquer though...would is be okay if I just omitted it? Or would I need to put some other liquid in there?

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Recipe saved and on my don't forget to make list. Thanks. Have a good weekend. Diane

penny aka jeroxie said...

I am thankful for the explaination for mousse and pudding!

Bri said...

Banana's that wont be eaten can be put in the freezer, still in their skins. The skin will go black and the inside of the banana will become mush once thawed but it's perfect for cakes and breads.

Cherine said...

looks perfect!! A wonderful dessert for those summer days!

Angie's Recipes said...

A very smooth and creamy dessert! These days I tried getting away from the oven...it's just too damn hot here. Quick and chilled desserts are exactly what I enjoy to make.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I've never had banana mousse. I love the citrus flavors you've added - it looks lovely and elegant!

Sage said...

Summer,creamy comfort dessert; thank you.
Rita

Rettabug said...

Mary, I've got bananas sitting on the counter right now & poor DH was going to get cold cereal for Sunday breakfast in order to use up one of them. I think he'll be even more grateful than I am that you decided to share this recipe with us! ;-)
Thanks! except now I'll probably have to cook him bacon & eggs! LOL

Penny said...

This is the perfect thing to do with bananas in my opinion.

Joanne said...

I'm going to have to show this to my roommate who ALWAYS has extra bananas lying around. She usually freezes them until she has enough to make banana bread but this would be a fun experiment!

Carolyn said...

Bananas have WAY too many carbs for my poor blood sugars, but my kids would love this. Thanks for the recipe!!!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Mary I had no idea a simple mousse could turn out so special. The flavour blend of ingredients here must be amazing :) Thanks for the good tips on working with gelatin.

PeggyR said...

Another winner! Bananas are very healthy for you also!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so creamy and yumm! I like banana desserts more than the just eating the actual fruit.

Deborah said...

Another gorgeous delicious looking dish. I have lots of spoiling bananas all the time though. I try to use them to make smoothies but yogurt smoothies make my stomach uncomfortable these days. I think the ice cream below looks wonderful too. Now that is always a fun treat.

Tavern on the Concho said...

If anything, I keep a well stocked liquor cabinet boasting a large assortment of liqueur, which provides me with lots of inspiration in the kitchen. This banana mousse looks exquisite -- and preparing it won't heat up my home which is already fighting this sweltering West Texas heat. Thanks for posting!

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

I just had banana whoopie pies from the amish at our local farmer's market and they were delish. This pudding looks great!!

Sushma Mallya said...

so beautiful...looks so creamy...

Vegetarian Yogini said...

love it, perfect for summer! but is there a vegetarian alternative to gelatin?

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I absolutely love anything with bananas or banana-flavored. This looks divine, especially for a summer desser!

Cathy said...

I always feel a bit guilty when I toss an overly banana or two. What a lovely summer dessert.

Cathy said...

Haha...that's overly ripe banana. Guess I better have another cup of coffee to wake up.

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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds yummy and what a great photo-enjoy!

Claudia said...

I love the juices in this - a bit of a cirtus zing for mellow, creamy banana. You are so creative - I take brown bananas, stick them in the freezer and make bread.

From the Kitchen said...

Is there anyone out there who doesn't have the banana problem? What a delicious way you've come up with to solve it. Even Elvis would be pleased!!

Best,
Bonnie

Jenn said...

What a beautiful dessert. It looks so creamy and decadent! I love the flavor of bananas but tend to not eat more then one out of a bunch..this is great way to use them up. Thanks for the post!!

Jamie said...

Oh boy, do I have the same problem. They either eat a bunch in one day or they leave them to rot. I make cake or bread but this mousse makes a really nice change, and much lighter for summer. Hugs, Mary.

Jennifurla said...

I just love mousse, i made my first mousse that was a lemon lime flavor and fell in love. I bet this is perfect, banana's seem suited for mousse

Priya said...

Feel like dipping my finger in the mousse and licking my finger, irresisitible mousse..

Susi said...

I love mousse but have yet to try banana mousse. You have outdone yourself yet again with this wonderful recipe which I can't wait to make!

Federica said...

con questo caldo mi ci tufferei dentro a questa delizia!!!complimenti!!
Buona serata!!ciaooooooooo

Regina said...

Love this. Yummy.
Thank you Mary.

Katerina said...

The tip about the gelatin is very helpful and this mousse is perfect for a summer dessert.

Ana Powell said...

I am exactly like you, I always buy far more than I need, I reckon its because we love so much banana bread or banana muffins. I have baked a batch of banana cinnamon nut muffins.
Next time I`ll have to try a banana mousse, awesome idea ♥

Jay said...

Mousse looks delicious...loved this amazing click...

mr. pineapple man said...

oh yum! thanks for the recipe, always :)

paprika said...

Thank you for your visit and for your nice words!I will follow your blog from time to time :D

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

YUM.

M @ Betty Crapper said...

Excellent alternative to banana bread. I don't think I'll like it, but I'm positive my husband will.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Mary~this could be a contender for your amazing banana fritters.
Although I wouldn't object to having a serving of each...right about now, lol.

I purchased a Cuisinart ice-creamer. I'm looking forward to making your Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream recipe.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Julie said...

This looks delicious!!! So creamy. I a wondering about somehow adding a little chocolate??

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

This mousse looks splendid!! wow!

Suman Singh said...

mousse looks heavenly delicious...feel like grabbing that from the screen and indulge myself...yumm

Umm Mymoonah said...

lovely, creamy mousse, looks so elegant.

Pierce said...

Oh I do love bananas and actually never even thoght of them as a viable ingredient for mousse. Wonderful...you teach me new things all the time!

Faith said...

I'm always looking for new ways to use over-ripe bananas in addition to breads and muffins. This mousse is a beautiful solution, Mary! I know what I'm doing next time I have bananas in my fruit bowl. :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! I could probably eat this whole dish :) I love anything with bananas and this looks fabulous!

Sues

Julie M. said...

This looks delicious Mary! A perfect treat for summer and a great use for over ripe bananas of which, we always have plenty in this house. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

YUM, my husband is a bananna fiend I cannot wait to make this for him!

Eliana said...

Hmmm - looks so creamy and delicious. Love all the flavors in it too.

JennyMac said...

This looks perfect!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Mary, the mousse looks so creamy and smooth, is so nice to eat with the hot weather now. BTW thanks for dropping my blog and also let me get to know such nice blog :).

Roland D. Yeomans said...

The great thing about your post is that, though it sounds so scrumcious I can taste it, there are no calories!

I'm glad to have found your blog, Roland

Krista said...

This sounds perfectly lovely. We always have bananans on hand in this house. I'll have to give this one a try. Mmmm.

Colleen said...

This sounds delicious and I know my Gianna will be a fan since it is banana! I think I will have to make this later in the week!

Debinhawaii said...

This looks so creamy and delicious--for sure a great use for those extra bananas lying about. ;-)

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

we have bananas too all the time. At times I am able to save them by putting it in the freezer, but most often, it's thrown. THis Banana mousse looks so easy to make, and hopefully will put myy bananas to use!
Thanks for sharing!

Salsa Verde said...

It looks so delicious... and perfect for a summer dessert!!!
Love,
Lia.

Lori said...

While my bananas have been mainly going toward that ice cream, I think I could part with a few to make this. It sounds delicious. I like the addition of orange- that will perk things up a bit.

OLGUIS said...

hello mary and thank you for your words in my blog.
this banana mousse looks great.
Regards
olga.

kelly said...

Thanks for this! I just made some banana cream tarts and went with my old standard of vanilla pudding with bananas. I'd love to try this in a pie. Delish!

Leanne888 said...

I'm going to attempt to make this for dessert tonight. I don't have any orange liquer, will it hurt if I leave it out - or can I add more orange juice or something instead of the liquer?

Mary said...

Leanne, I responded at your blog, but just in case you don't check there - use 2 tablespoons more orange juice or 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 tablespoon vodka. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! It will be made today. I'm planning to fill cupcakes with it. If it doesn't work out for that, I'm sure it'll fill my DH's tummy just fine!

Jeanne

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