Strawberry, Basil, Lemon Cheesecake Mousse by KajTaotsu

Strawberry, Basil, Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

KajTaotsu

11 June 2014 at 02:13:13 MDT

A few of y'all wanted a dessert recipe for the next stream, and while I didn't get to do said stream for this (too short of notice on my part), the dish came out phenomenal anyways and holy cow I need more of it in my life! A bit on the dainty side of visuals, this dessert is sure to please anyone and anytime!


Strawberry, Basil, Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered (have a few more for garnish)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped roughly
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup, heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 graham crackers (Or in my case, a handful of Schar shortbread cookies, they're gluten free and taste delicious!)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Directions:
1. Combine the strawberries, lemon zest and juice, basil, and brown sugar in a food processor and pulse until fruit is pureed and all ingredients are blended well. Set aside in fridge.
2. In an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks (the whipped cream should hold onto the whisk or a utensil without falling off, but dont whip too much or else you'll have butter!). Add in the yogurt and softened cream cheese to the whipped cream and continue beating until smooth.
3. Fold in the strawberry puree, mixing thoroughly, then add in the powdered sugar, folding it completely in also until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for about 30-40 minutes to set.
4. Place the graham crackers (or shortbread cookies in my case) in a ziplock bag and crush into uniform crumbs. In a bowl with the melted butter, mix the crumbs until all is evenly crumbly and moist (think of the consistency of wet sand, you want that kind of texture).

Plate Presentation (For what is shown in picture) :

  • Spoon a good portion of the crumbs into the bottom of a serving glass, pressing down on it with a glass or spoon to pack the crumbs down.
  • Slice extra strawberries into thin slivers and line them around the inside edge of of the glass.
  • Spoon or pipe (I used a measuring cup to pour the mousse) the mousse into the serving glass.
  • Garnish with more of the crumb and chiffonade basil, or with strawberry pieces and crumb.

Chill until ready to enjoy!


As I found out tonight, letting the mousse sit in the fridge for a day or so after making it gives it an even better flavor than when fresh made! All the ingredients meld together and just boost and compliment each other so well, I got to the bottom of my cup and craved more...but alas it was all that was left ;_;
Anyways, I really suggest trying this out, of all my desserts, this has to be a definite favorite of mine so far!

Here's another look at this dessert:

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    wowww this looks so good

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    Yessssss desserts!!
    I said I was gonna try one of your recipes some day and this looked too good to miss. Easy to make (apart from the fact I didn't have an electric whisk, my poor arm ;~;) and mighty fine.

    http://i.imgur.com/kJE2cXG.jpg I even took a shot at making it pretty~
    My plating skills leave something to be desired but I had fun.

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      That looks incredible! I love the layering in it ^^
      Give that arm a good rub and pat, you did an awesome job <3

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    I'll take my with extra crumbs. All the crumbs. Crumb volcano exploding with tasty mousse.

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      crumbs errywur
      bed of crumbs

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    This looks amazing! I'm so impressed that people can make food look like art. I wouldn't be surprised if tasted as good as it looks!

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      The reason I made this was because I wanted to make some kind of dessert that was gluten free for my mom, and she absolutely loved it!

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        That is very kind of you. Being gluten free is not easy, you miss out on a lot of good sweets.

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    If I get this served, I wouldn't be able to touch it: I'd look at it and take pictures.

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      Dont worry, there would probably be at least 10 more in the walk-in fridge back in the kitchen for more pictures to be taken of. Dig in <3