Cardamom Yogurt Mousse

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

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  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  • 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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Erin W.

Jul 19, 2013

We really enjoyed the subtle but interesting flavors in this mousse, which we found to be light, fluffy, and not too sweet. It wasn’t at all fussy to make, yet the results were truly sophisticated. The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons gelatin and I used 1 envelope Knox gelatin. The recipe also calls for 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt and I used 1 cup 0%-fat Greek yogurt. The prep time was accurate, and an hour of chilling was all it took for these to set up perfectly (I served the mousse in 6 small ramekins). This would make a good summer dessert, and would be a particularly nice way to end a Middle Eastern or Indian dinner. We didn’t have fresh apricots at our market, so I served the mousse as is. I think it works best with some fresh fruit—perhaps some blackberries or fresh pears if apricots aren’t available?

This is WONDERFUL. We followed the method exactly, but changed a few of the ingredients. We replaced cream with whipped coconut cream (which I had in the pantry), we decided to leave out the egg whites (with all the young children who’d want to try it), and we replaced the apricots with fresh berries (lots of berries at our farmers’ market now, whereas our apricot tree is laden with tiny green fruit. We also used freshly ground cardamom. The result was absolutely delicious. We’ll make this again exactly as we did the first time, and we’ll also experiment with an Orange-Maple-Cardamom version later this week. This made 5 individual puddings and 1 mighty fine popsicle.

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Lydia Brimage

Jul 19, 2013

This resulted in a subtly flavored dessert in which the tartness of the yogurt came through with only a hint of cardamom. The recipe was easy to prepare. I happened to use extra thick double cream, which worked well. I used black cardamom pods instead of green, because I thought their larger size would enable easier extraction of the seeds. I tried extracting the seeds by lightly crushing the pods with a pestle and mortar, but I found that little bits of the pod and seed membrane also got ground up. I was cautious in my use of the seeds, as I feared the taste would be overpowering; therefore I used less cardamom than the 1/2 teaspoon recommended. Given the results though, I feel that the recommended 1/2 teaspoon cardamom would’ve worked alright. I piped the mixture into ramekins, as I wanted the increased control of using a piping bag. Mine seemed set after 1 hour in the fridge.

Comments
Comments
  1. Lin says:

    Faith, thank you for this lovely recipe. I will be making it soon. It’s nice to see you here on Leite’s Culinaria. I follow you via your email newsletter.

  2. I use cardamom for everything. Such a fantastic spice. I can imagine this being super nice extra chilled on a warm day.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Ah, cardamom. It is so very nice, especially, as you say, shellsten, in this recipe on a swelteringly hot day. Let us know if you give it a try…!

  3. margeperry says:

    Ohhhhh! Faith, you genius! Just printed the recipe out and I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Faith Durand says:

    Thanks so much for the sweet words everyone! This is one of my favorites too – it’s so airy and delicate. Apricots are very seasonal, and sadly almost gone here, but fresh peaches are coming, and I could also see this with a sour cherry compote.

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