Hooray for British Strawberry Season which is just beginning! I try hard not to eat strawberries at any other time of the year. They are always hugely disappointing when compared to British berries in season!
We do grow our own in the garden, but they are nowhere near ready yet. Those are THE best really . . . eaten while the warmth of the summer sunshine is still held in their sweet ruby flesh . . .
We have had beautiful warm weather this past week, almost like a teasing taste of summer to come. We have had to have the fan on in the bedroom so that we can sleep and we brought the big one into the lounge today . . .
There is something about these warmer temperatures that compel you to eat lighter . . . and there is nothing lighter than this fresh dessert, which highlights and makes the best of these early summer berries.
The berries are macerated in a mix of Grand Marnier and orange juice, but don't worry . . . if you don't use alcohol (and we don't without cooking it first) you can feel free to use all orange juice. They are still delicious.
The mousse is light and sweet . . . using white chocolate which goes so well with the berries. Because the egg whites are not cooked be sure to use a pasteurised egg white if you are feeding the young or the elderly, just in case . . .
I think our eggs are pretty safe these days, but with Todd's health and age, I never want to take any chances, so I use the pastuerised ones that you can get in the chiller section of the shops. (Over here they are called Two Chicks.) They are great for Pavlovas and all sorts.
In any case if you are looking for a lovely fresh dessert this weekend that is simple and easy to make and oh so delicious, look no further. This fits the bill on all accounts!
*White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries*Serves 4
100g good quality white chocolate (3 1/2 ounces)