From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This simple recipe was developed in the Ocean Spray Test Kitchen. It's another example of the great food that these test kitchens can produce. This mousse is simple enough for children to prepare, but it's lovely tart flavor speaks to older and more sophisticated diners. I originally made the mousse to serve as a luncheon dessert. It worked well and I loved its color, so I held on to the recipe and still make it when the opportunity arises. If you entertain for lunch, you might want to give this a try. It's also great for busy days when you'd like a creamy but effortless dessert. While it requires just minutes to prepare, the mousse needs to chill for several hours before it can be served and adequate time must be built into your game plan. Cranberry Jello is usually available during the lead up to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It's best to stockpile it at that time because it will be hard to find later in the year. Raspberry Jello is an adequate substitute. I think some of you will really enjoy this. Here's the recipe for those who are tempted to give it a try.
Cranberry Mousse...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Ocean Spray Test Kitchen
1 cup cranberry juice
1 package (3 ounces) cranberry or raspberry gelatin
1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
2 cups whipped topping, thawed
1) Heat cranberry juice cocktail to boiling in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in raspberry gelatin until dissolved; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
2) Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat cranberry sauce in a small bowl for 1 minute. Stir into gelatin mixture. Chill until mixture begins to thicken, but not set.
3) Gently mix in whipped topping, using a rubber scraper. Spoon into serving dishes or prepared pie shell. Chill until firm. Yield: 8 serving.
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