Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you a child sensitive to red dye or are simply avoiding food dyes, a lot of recipes are out.
I wanted to think beyond cookies and cupcakes and try new things, so I looked to something that would make tasty, but less indulgent pink, red and Valentine’s inspired treats… strawberries and Strawberry Mousse!
Based on the ingredients and taste/texture of this dessert, I would call this more of a strawberry fluff. It reminded me a lot of the middle layer of 1-2-3 Jello (any people who remember that from the 80’s?).
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 cups heavy cream
- Place 1/3 cup of water in a heatproof cup, like a Pyrex measuring cup. (If you don’t have one, use the top of a real or makeshift double boiler. See my makeshift double boiler in my Suzy Q recipe!)
- Sprinkle the gelatin on the water, then allow to sit (don’t stir!) for about 5 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
- While you’re waiting, wash, hull and puree strawberries in a blender or food processor, then place in a medium bowl.
- Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir.
- When the gelatin has absorbed the water, place the heatproof cup in a pan of just simmering water (or over simmering water in your double boiler) just until it is completely liquid again.
- Remove from heat & allow to cool slightly, but don’t allow it to “set.”
- Stir the gelatin into the strawberry mixture and allow to cool slightly (again, don’t let it cool so much that it gels so you can’t stir it!)
- Place the heavy cream in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks are just starting to form (don’t overbeat.)
- Fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture and refrigerate until set.
Reduce the amount of gelatin to give it more of a whipped cream texture and less of a gelatin texture. This will make it more of a stabilized whipped cream, and it will start to separate if not consumed the same day!
Everyone thought this was yummy! It wasn’t too sweet or too heavy.