A light and foamy dessert, like cotton candy in a bowl except much healthier! Made with beaten egg whites, sugar and seasonal berries.
Today I’m sharing the recipe for a very easy, light, fluffy mousse. You’ll only need three ingredients: fresh, ripe berries, sugar and eggs.
The recipe comes from my Hungarian grandma-in-law, who loves to serve this often as an appetizer before lunch. Strawberries mark the end of the Hungarian winter that likes to push cold winds sometimes til April – so when my husband’s grandma served eper hab (strawberry “foam”) to me it always promised summer and warmth and finally some fresh fruit!
This dessert is a classic in Hungary and it can be made with strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. Traditionally mousse is made with raw eggs, but recently it has been replaced in restaurants and households by heavy whipping cream. It’s a bit of a shame, in my opinion; raw eggs make this dish lighter and fresher and honestly provide a perfect efficient balance in my kitchen since I use the yolks to make my homemade mayonnaise and whites to make this “blackberry cloud foam.”
- 2 egg whites from pasture-raised eggs
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 2 cups ripe blackberries, strawberries or raspberries (more to taste!)
- In a small bowl, mash berries with a fork. Alternatively you can run them through a food processor.*
- In a medium bowl* beat egg whites with a hand beater until foamy. Gradually add the sugar about 1 tablespoon at a time while still beating in medium to high potency. Beat until you create a thick, tight foam.
- Fold in berry mixture.
- Serve room temperature or cover and place in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
- Garnish with lime or orange zest, mint or more berries!
*I like to mash berries with a fork as they retains some texture, but alternatively, for a smoother "foam" run them through a food processor.
*do not beat them in a very big bowl, in my experience the smaller the bowl the tighter the foam. A medium-sized bowl will do just nicely!
Enjoy! And if you’re looking for something to do with the extra egg yolks, try adding them to protein shakes (yes, raw, and YES it will taste amazing) or try making homemade mayonnaise! My husband and I eat raw eggs from hens that are allowed to roam and graze and live in clean conditions. If you’d like to read more on how to eat raw eggs safely, you can start here.