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Chilled Pineapple Mousse with Pistachios

Light and creamy, yet still refreshingly summery, this pineapple mousse with pistachios and lime sabayon comes in beautiful shades of green.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 2 1/4 ounces shelled, unsalted pistachios (1/2 cup)
  • 9 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

For the Mousse

  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) pineapple chunks, packed in syrup
  • Canned pineapple juice (up to 2 cups), as needed
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin (from three 1/4-ounce envelopes)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Lime Sabayon, for serving

Cook's Note

If there is not enough syrup from the canned pineapple, add enough canned pineapple juice to make up the difference.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the crust: Place pistachios in a food processor, and pulse until coarsely chopped. Reserve 1/4 cup, and place in a small bowl. Continue to pulse remaining pistachios until fine crumbs form, and transfer to a large bowl. Pulse graham crackers until large crumbs form (about 1 1/3 cups). Add graham cracker crumbs to pistachios and mix well. Stir in granulated sugar, salt, and butter until well combined. Pat crumb mixture into bottom of an 8-cup, 3- to 4-inch-deep souffle dish. Crust should be about 1 inch thick.

  2. Step 2

    Make the mousse: Make a collar for the dish by folding a 24-inch-long piece of parchment into a quadruple-thick strip about 4 inches wide. Wrap very tightly around rim of dish, and secure with tape, making sure there are no gaps between dish and parchment. The collar should come at least 3 inches above the top of dish. Place dish in refrigerator.

  3. Step 3

    Drain pineapple in a sieve, reserveing syrup. You will need a scant 4 cups fruit and 2 3/4 cups syrup. (Add enough canned pineapple juice to syrup to reach that amount.) Pulse 1 cup pineapple chunks in a food processor until a coarse puree forms.

  4. Step 4

    Place gelatin in a medium bowl. Pour 1 cup pineapple syrup over gelatin, and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour boiling water over gelatin, and stir until smooth. Stir in lemon zest and juice, and the remaining 1 3/4 cups pineapple syrup.

  5. Step 5

    Prepare an ice-water bath. Beat cream cheese with a mixer until soft and smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in sour cream and 1 cup confectioners' sugar until smooth. Slowly whisk in gelatin mixture until incorporated. Fold in pineapple chunks and puree.

  6. Step 6

    Whisk cream with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar until medium-soft peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Place bowl in ice-water bath. Stir until slightly thickened, but still pourable, and pineapple chunks no longer fall to the bottom, about 10 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, carefully scrape the bowl while stirring to chill mousse evenly.

  7. Step 7

    Place dish on a baking sheet, and pour mousse mixture into the dish, spooning in pineapple chunks. Gently smooth the top. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours (or overnight).

  8. Step 8

    Sprinkle the mousse with reserved 1/4 cup pistachios. Carefully remove collar from dish. Turn spoonfuls of mousse onto plates and serve with lime sabayon on the side.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

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Reviews (3)

  • clj2 22 Aug, 2010

    Excellent Summer Dessert! Cool, light, and creamy. I modified the recipe and was very happy with the results. First, eliminated the pistachios from crust. Second, used pineapple chunks in juice rather than pineapple chunks in syrup. So, added additional confectioners' sugar to taste. Finally, coarse pureed all the pineapple. I used both a 9 X13 pan and a 9 X 9 pan. It makes a lot! Next time I will half the recipe.

  • discob77 12 Aug, 2010

    Does anybody know if the paper baking mold would work for this recipe? I've tried them for other things, but not souffles.

  • csparks 27 May, 2008

    I made this for dessert for our Memorial Day gathering; it was a big hit!! I didn't make it with the Lime Sabayon but people raved about it anyways. One comment though; I don't understand why the crust is supposed to be thick on the bottom instead of spreading it up thinly all around the dish. Next time, I think I will try making it that way.