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Sincerely-Food-Chef
Ambassador [Associate]
Ambassador [Associate]
  • 573 calories
  • 30 min
  • 4 servings

Ingredients

  • ⅔ (8 oz) block cream cheese
  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 8 fl oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 orange
  • ¼ cup pistachios, unsalted
  • cardamom, ground
  • cornstarch
  • granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place a medium bowl (preferably metal) in the freezer to chill. (If space is limited, place in the refrigerator.)
  2. Wash, dry, and zest the orange into another medium bowl.
    • 1 orange
  3. Juice the orange into a medium saucepan. Add cherries and sugar to the pan, stir to combine, and set aside to thaw.
    • 2 cup frozen cherries
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  4. Meanwhile, using a box grater, coarsely grate cream cheese into the bowl with the orange zest; add vanilla and cardamom. Use a silicone spatula or fork to soften and combine the cream cheese mixture, creating a smooth cream.
    • ⅔ (8 oz) block cream cheese
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • ⅛ tsp cardamom, ground
  5. Using a strainer, sift powdered sugar into the bowl with the cream cheese. Use the spatula or fork to mash and combine the mixture until smooth and no lumps remain. Set aside.
    • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  6. Remove bowl from the freezer. Pour cold cream into the bowl; use a whisk (or hand blender) to beat the cream vigorously, until medium-soft peaks form, about 3 minutes if whisking. (When you pull the whisk out of the bowl, the cream should hold its shape, with a peak that curls over slightly.)
    • 8 fl oz (1 cup) heavy cream
  7. Transfer half of the whipped cream to the bowl with the cream cheese mixture. Using a silicone spatula, gently fold the two together until almost combined. Add remaining whipped cream and continue to fold until just combined.
  8. Divide the mousse between small bowls, cups, or jars. Cover with plastic wrap or lids and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour (or overnight).
  9. While the mousse sets, make the cherry compote. Place the saucepan with the cherry mixture over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  10. In a small bowl, make a slurry by whisking water with cornstarch until smooth.
    • ¼ cup water
    • 4 tsp cornstarch
  11. When the liquid in the saucepan is simmering, add slurry in a steady stream while stirring quickly with a silicone spatula. Simmer until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  12. Transfer cherry compote to a small, heat-proof bowl or container and let cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
  13. Right before serving, roughly chop pistachios.
    • ¼ cup pistachios, unsalted
  14. To serve, top mousse with cherry compote and pistachios. Enjoy!

Nutrition per Serving

Calories
573
Fat
39g
Net Carbs
51g
Protein
6g

Cookware

  • chef's knife
  • citrus juicer (optional)
  • cutting board
  • grater
  • hand blender (optional)
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • medium saucepan
  • mixing bowls
  • plastic wrap
  • silicone spatula
  • strainer
  • whisk or fork