Pluma Moos (Fresh Fruit Mousse)

[Photograph: Pam Parrella]

Note: With Pluma Moos, the ingredients are simple: fruit, sugar, spices, vanilla, and water— and there's ample room for variation. Use fresh produce for the market, frozen fruit or a mix. The best fruits are berries or stone fruit cut into chunks, but apples, pears, and basically any other fruit will work as well. Note, the fruit with large seeds, like blackberries, will require additional time for straining.

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Pluma Moos (Fresh Fruit Mousse)

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:1 hour
Total time:2 hours
Special equipment:food processor or blender, large saucepan, strainer
This recipe appears in: American Classics: Pluma Moos

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 pounds plums, pitted and quartered
  • 16 ounces frozen mixed fruit (see note above)
  • 2 stalks rhubarb, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a large saucepan, add water, half the plums, 1/2 of the mixed fruit, rhubarb, sugar, spices and vanilla. Bring the mixture to boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer slowly until the fruit is tender about 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Discard the cinnamon stick, return the liquid to boil uncovered, until it reduces reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Whisk in corn starch and continue cooking until mixture thickens. If you are using very seeded fruit (like blackberries) you'll want to strain the mixture before pureeing. Puree mixture in food processor. Chill for at least an hour and serve with remaining fruit on top.

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