In going through my cookbooks for something light and refreshing (besides pineapple sherbert or cold watermelon), I came upon a cold cherry mousse that I converted into a cold peach mousse. ‘Tis the season for fresh peaches, so why not use them in as many ways as possible while they last…
Recipe of the Week: Cold Peach Mousse
1 envelope whipped topping mix
1/2 c. skim milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cold water
3 c. fresh peaches, peeled, sliced/chunked, and divided (about 5 large or 8 med. peaches)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
3/4 c. Amaretto Sauce
1. Prepare whipped topping according to package directions using milk and vanilla; set aside. Combine gelatin, cinnamon, and sugar in small saucepan; stir in water. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Heat over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
2. Peel and slice half of the peaches. Place in a blender with lemon juice, almond extract, and gelatin mixture; process until blended. Fold this into the whipped topping until no streaks of white show. Pour mixture into a ring mold or Bundt pan. Refriderate 4 hours or overnight.
3. Before serving, peel and cut into quarter chunks the remaining peaches. Put a large serving plate over the cold mousse and carefully turn it upside down, releasing it from the mold. Spoon the peach quarters into the center of the mousse. Drizzle with Amaretto Sauce and a sprig of mint (optional).
Amaretto Sauce: 3/4 c. frozen vanilla yogurt, melted then cooled. Stir in 4-1/2 tsp. amaretto liqueur until well blended and drizzle over mousse and peaches.
Options: Experiment with various fruits, extracts, and liqueurs.
Thought of the Week: I’m becoming very peeved by neighborhood deer. The plethora of the whitetail fauna within New Braunfels’ city limits may delight the tourists, who will stop and take pictures of the passive creatures; however, living with them is no picnic. This week they ate my lantana, blue plumbago, pothos leaves, and some other “deer resistant” plants in the front yard. The blue plumbago was in a big pot, which I had put next to stinky rosemary as a deterrent. Hah! The pothos was hanging from our front porch eave and they had the audacity to pull on it, so that it fell upside down onto the cement. T.I.C.K.E.D. me off!!! I moved it and the plumbago to the safety of the backyard…As for the frontyard, I’m off to TSC for some coyote piss. (I do not want to know how they make that.)