Sweet Tooth: Mulberry Mousse

Happy Friday! How's your week been? I've had the chance to play photographer in the past few days. Last weekend in Winnipeg, I treated myself to a new camera. It's an investment I've been planning for a while and finally took the plunge! I got a Canon Rebel XS. Amazing what a great camera can do. I still have to learn the ins and outs, but it's been a blast to experiment. It's as though everything turns into art, especially nature shots. I plan on sharing a bunch of pictures in another post, but here's a peek, taken today on a walk down my road. The lupins are out!

As for the sweet end of the spectrum, here are some yummy treats featuring unique ingredients. Mulberries in mousse and durian in ice cream = kicked up versions of basic dessert ideas.

I love love love mulberries. It's in my top 3 favorite dried fruits. I was fortunate enough to taste fresh mulberries a few summers ago while visiting Carmella. What a treat that was! 

Mulberry Mousse

1/2 cup dried mulberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup irish moss gel*
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lecithin powder
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Soak the mulberries in the water for 1-2 hours.
Blend the berries/soak water along with all other ingredients except the oil, until smooth.
Add the oil and blend briefly to incorporate.
Chill the mixture.
Garnish with dried mulberries and a drizzle of yacon or maple syrup (optional)

*Irish moss gel: Rinse and soak a handful of irish moss in cold water for 8-12 hours.
Remove the moss from the water, measure out 2 oz. and chop.
Blend the chopped moss with 1 cup of water until smooth and warm.
Save remaining gel for other recipes.

Today's "oldie" isn't actually that old (from December 2009), but since the warm weather has arrived, I thought a cold ice cream might hit the spot. I only wish I had some fresh durian right now! I'll have to wait until my next trip to a big city. If you haven't already tried this tropical fruit, give it a whirl - and for those of you who have tried it once but don't like it, try again. It took two shots for my love affair with it. I served it topped with chocolate sauce from Just Desserts. I hope you enjoy!

Vanilla Durian Ice Cream

2 cups cashews
4 cups water
1 cup durian
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup agave powder*
Seeds of 2 vanilla beans
(or sub pure extract to taste)
1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
(or dried, to taste)
Few pinches of salt
*A water soluble fiber extracted from agave - not used as a sweetener, but as a creamer/thickening agent.
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Chill the mixture for a few hours in the fridge.
Process it in an ice cream maker. Allow it to firm up further in the freezer a few hours.

Have a happy weekend! I'm praying for some hot, sunny weather since it's been rainy lately.

Sending you off with wild roses 🙂

PS - check out Nelly's giveaway for Ani Phyo's new book! I've heard great things about it!
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  1. June 11, 2010 at 16:59

    I just figured out the other day that there are at least 5 huge mulberry trees in my neighborhood! I'll have to try to harvest and dehydrate some for winter. Did you know they come in a range of dark purple to pink to white?

  2. Anonymous
    June 11, 2010 at 17:14

    I love mulberries too! I keep them cold and they get real chewy and candy like. I am back in Quebec and my brother is moving to NYC in 2 weeks...I hope to visit him and check out some of the awesome restaurants you have mentioned...will you be back there soon?

  3. June 11, 2010 at 17:31

    Mulberries are so amazing that when I order them they are literally gone in days, even my omnivore friends go mad for them, so Im definitly making the mousse!<br /><br />I would try the durian ice-cream but I'm put off, I tried durian and hated it with a passion, which upset me since everyone else is mad for it.

  4. June 11, 2010 at 18:29

    Looks delicious girl, like always ;) Mulberries are a great fruit, it has been awhile since we have had them, this makes me crave them though ;) Have a great weekend girl! <br /><br />Pure2raw Twins

  5. June 11, 2010 at 20:06

    it's mulberry season here in Pgh too, and that mousse looks decadent, can't wait to try it. Thanks lady!

  6. June 11, 2010 at 20:31

    I love mulberries, just posted about them on my blog! :) Mmm, durian, I haven't bought any in awhile (I can only get it frozen at my Asian market). Looks great though. Lovely picture! Enjoy your camera and have a great weekend! XO

  7. June 11, 2010 at 21:35

    congrats on the new camera! i think your photos are always gorgeous - how could they not be with your creations?!<br /><br />great-looking recipes. i've never had mulberries or durian. i gotta get on that! <br /><br />you reminded me to make some more irish moss gel - i use it in my smoothies and for facials. it makes my skin feel sooo good! thanks for the recipes! <br /><br />*praying the sun shines on sweet heathy this weekend*<br /><br />=)

  8. The new camera makes stunning pics! I'm officially having camera envy!<br /><br />Mulberries are delish. I've had mulberry trees in my yard ... they're a great tree to have. The birds will eat mulberries over just about any other berry, but mulberries are so prolific there's still enough for everyone.<br /><br />Note to self ... get fancy new camera and more mulberry trees lol

  9. June 12, 2010 at 02:45

    Lucky you gals who have mulberry trees in your yard!!! Would Love that!<br /><br />Anonymous - yes, Ill be back in NYC this summer. We could possibly meet up at one of the raw restos. I'd have to know who you are first!!! LOL shoot me an email.

  10. June 12, 2010 at 03:43

    i am the only person who's never had mulberries OR durian. i am scared of durian b/c ive heard it stinks horribly LOL<br />but mulb's, i really want. they look right up my alley!<br /><br />Have a super weekend, my love!<br />xo

  11. June 12, 2010 at 05:33

    You are going to lovveeee your new camera! Your pics are already beautiful without the fancy schmancy camera. :) I love mulberries, they're up there with my favs. I also have irish moss sitting in my fridge, I really want to make this. Looks delicious! I'm totally intimidated by irish moss though. :-/

  12. June 12, 2010 at 05:42

    oh my god!! wow LOVE IT! looks great girl <3

  13. June 12, 2010 at 05:59

    i love mulberries! they taste like candy to me when dried. I love all fresh berries too. the mousse looks amazing! <br /><br />i need to make some durian ice cream. this summer i will.<br /><br />averie, durian smells different than it tastes. it's very good!

  14. June 12, 2010 at 10:58

    Hi! My name is Maria, and I am part of he crazysexylife.com team. We are always looking for recipes to feature, but we just need the authors permission. Can we use this one and link to your blog? Thanks!

  15. June 12, 2010 at 14:05

    Congrats on the new camera! The photos are gorgeous. I love getting new toys that inspire my creativity. I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.<br /><br />Yum... berries & ice cream. Summer is arriving!!!

  16. June 13, 2010 at 01:17

    I had a great time scouring the neighborhood for mulberry's a couple of weeks ago. One tree was hanging over the sidewalk on my normal route and I just HAD to save those babies from ending up under someone's shoe! YUM. I love to do banana/durian softserve and have even gotten my daughter addicted to it. The durian is so "do able" if you freeze it right after you scoop it out. I LOVE it and just learned the hard way to not let it thaw to much... (even though it doesn't bother me anymore, my family gets a little mad:)<br />The pics on the previous choccie post are awesome! And the flowers too...congrats on the new camera!

  17. June 13, 2010 at 05:30

    Thanks for all your comments!!! :)<br /><br />For all the durian skeptics... give it a whirl ;)<br /><br />Tough Cookie... sure you can use the recipe! contact me: heather@sweetlyraw.com

  18. June 14, 2010 at 16:50

    I've just got to get me some of this darn elusive agave powder so I can try this ice cream out! I live in Thailand, and it is currently durian season here!

  19. June 14, 2010 at 18:44

    oh girlie, i am really not too sure how i missed commenting on this...i read the post...weird!<br /><br />anyway...i love mulberries...something about them...they're divine!!! the only time i got to try durian is when bitty boo sent me her moon pies...never have tried it! must be delicious if you say it is!!! haha!<br /><br />i hope the sun came out to play girlie!!!<br /><br /><3

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