This yogurt mousse is an exercise in nostalgia for me, evocative of two different memories. The first is recent: cold lassi spiked with cardamom, a favorite drink at Indian restaurants. The musky flavor of cardamom just plays well with the tangy, refreshing taste of yogurt. And so does honey, which brings me to my second memory. My mother often served me and my siblings big bowls of plain yogurt with honey swirled in—it was a favorite summer lunch. I remember how the honey laced the yogurt in thick ropes of sweetness. This is a plain yet comforting dish, the two flavors marrying perfectly. I bring these three tastes together here in this dish, and finish it all off with fresh summer apricots.–Faith Durand
LC Magnificently Mousse-y Note
When we think of mousse, we gotta be honest, we don’t typically think of something quite so dreamily, cloudily, airily lovely as this version from Faith Durand. All we can say is wow, wow, wow. It’s magnificently mousse-y in a sorta mousse-of-our-dreams kinda way. Many thanks, Faith. We tip our toque to you.
Cardamom Yogurt Mousse Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 2 H
- Makes 6 servings
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup heavy cream, cold
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek or strained yogurt (low-fat or full-fat)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Pinch salt
- Sliced apricots or other seasonal fruit (optional)
- 1. Pour the water into a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to soften.
- 2. When the gelatin has softened, place the pan over medium heat and whisk until the gelatin dissolves. Whisk in the honey and continue warming until the honey has thinned and seems completely incorporated. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool almost to room temperature.
- 3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, using a hand mixer), whip the egg whites until stiff. Gently scrape the whites into a separate bowl.
- 4. Wipe out the mixer bowl, add the cream, and beat until stiff peaks form. Add the yogurt to the whipped cream and beat just until combined. Beat in the cardamom and salt, then slowly pour in the cooled honey and gelatin mixture and beat until combined. Use a spatula to gently fold in the whipped egg whites.
- 5. Scoop the mousse into 6 separate cups or ramekins. Alternatively, you could spoon the mousse into a 1-quart serving dish. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, until softly set.
- 6. Serve the mousse chilled, with fruit, if desired.
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