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Recipe: Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

Recipe: Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

by Erin Fletter
Photo by New Africa/Shutterstock.com
prep time
10 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers is a light, airy French dessert with sweet and slightly tart raspberries. Kids can dip store-bought ladyfingers into the mousse for an extra treat.

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • fold :

    to gently and slowly mix a light ingredient into a heavier ingredient so as not to lose air and to keep the mixture tender, such as incorporating whipped egg whites into a cake batter or folding blueberries into pancake batter; folding is a gentler action than mixing or whisking.

  • shake :

    to rapidly and vigorously move a covered container filled with food up and down and side to side to combine ingredients and create a different consistency, such as shaking whipped cream to make butter.

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Plastic or glass jar with tight-fitting lid (or mixing bowl)
  • Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
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Ingredients

Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

  • 1 15-oz container whole milk ricotta cheese **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub 1 16-oz pkg of silken tofu)**
  • 1 C whipping cream **(Omit for DAIRY ALLERGY)**
  • 1/2 C raspberry jam
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 C fresh raspberries
  • ladyfingers for dipping, 2 to 3 per child **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY sub gluten-free/nut-free ladyfingers or vanilla cookies)**

Food Allergen Substitutions

Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

  • Dairy: For 1 15-oz container of whole milk ricotta cheese and 1 C whipping cream, substitute 1 16-oz pkg of silken tofu.
  • Gluten/Wheat: Substitute gluten-free/nut-free ladyfingers, if available, or gluten-free/nut-free vanilla cookies.

Instructions

Raspberry Ricotta Mousse with Ladyfingers

1.
measure + whisk

In a large mixing bowl, have kids whisk 1 container of ricotta cheese until light and fluffy! Add 1/2 cup raspberry jam and whisk until combined.

2.
shake + shake + shake

Time to shake! Add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 3 tablespoons honey to your glass or plastic jar and screw the lid on to secure it. Have kids pass around the jar and shake until soft cream forms, about 3 minutes! You can also whisk the ingredients in a mixing bowl, but shaking is more fun.

3.
fold + spoon


 Fold the whipping cream into the ricotta and jam mixture. Spoon the mousse into serving bowls and garnish with fresh raspberries and ladyfingers for dipping. Enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Raspberry!

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Photo by Elizaveta Galitckaia/Shutterstock.com

Hi! I'm Raspberry!

"Raspberries are a delicious and pretty summer fruit. You are probably used to seeing red raspberries, but we can also be purple or black! We're good on cereal and ice cream, and we add a tasty and appealing touch to lemonade. Of course, we're also great all by ourselves!"

History & Etymology

  • The raspberry is native to Europe and parts of Asia. There is also a species native to North America, although some believe it is a variation of the Eurasian species. 
  • It is believed that the Romans took the raspberry to other parts of their empire, including Britain. 
  • Red raspberry juice was once used to color ancient artwork. 
  • Russia produces the most raspberries worldwide—182,000 tons per year! The United States is the 5th largest producer.
  • Most of the raspberries grown in the US are produced in California, Oregon, and Washington. 
  • The word "raspberry" came from the early 17th century English dialect "rasp" (with the English word "berry"), which may have derived from the mid-15th century "raspise," a sweet rose-colored wine.  

Anatomy

  • The raspberry plant belongs to the rose family. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  • Raspberry plants are perennials, meaning they grow back every year after their initial planting.
  • The raspberry is related to the blackberry. One difference between the two berries is that when you pick a raspberry, the stem (or torus) stays on the plant, leaving a hollow core. However, when you pick a blackberry, the torus remains in the fruit.
  • Raspberries have tiny hairs called "styles," the remains of the pistil, the female part of the flower. They may help protect the berries from insects.
  • Raspberry varieties can be red, gold, purple, or black in color. 
  • A raspberry is an aggregate fruit. Each berry contains around 100 tiny fruits, called drupelets, each filled with a single seed. 
  • One raspberry plant produces a few hundred raspberries each year.
  • The root of a raspberry plant can survive for up to 10 years!

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • If you grow raspberries or get them from a u-pick farm, choose berries that are full, plump, and bright in color. They should not be soft or mushy. Gently pull on the berry; if it does not come off easily, leave it on the bush, as the berry is not yet ripe. 
  • Once raspberries have been picked, they won't ripen any further. 
  • When selecting raspberries from a market, also make sure none of the fruit is starting to develop mold. 
  • Do not rinse your raspberries until you are ready to eat them. Store them in the refrigerator, where you will see them, in the container they came in.
  • Raspberries can be made into sauces (for poultry or desserts), jams, or jellies. 
  • You can eat fresh raspberries alone or on top of yogurt, ice cream, cereal, or salads. 
  • You can add raspberries to pies, cakes, breads, or muffins and add them to drinks, such as smoothies or punches. 

Nutrition

  • Raspberries are high in fiber, the highest of any fruit! They help keep our intestines clean, like a free-flowing highway, while a lack of fiber can cause a traffic jam in our intestines.
  • Raspberries are high in antioxidants! Antioxidants scavenge for harmful chemicals in our body, like a vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt. Cells love antioxidants!
  • Raspberries are rich in vitamin C! Eating one cup of raspberries will supply almost half of your daily requirement of vitamin C! That is good for your heart and skin and fighting the cold and flu!

History of Mousse!

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  • Mousse (pronounced "moose") has been known in France since at least 1768 when it was called "crème en mousse" "cream in foam") or "mousse crémeuse" ("creamy foam").
  • Chocolate mousse was an early favorite, mixing chopped or grated chocolate in a saucepan with cream to melt it, adding sugar, and then whisking to make it foamy. 
  • Mousse today is a creamy, light, and airy combination of sweet or savory foods and whipped cream, sugar, or spices. It also may include whipped egg whites, egg yolks, or gelatin (for faster setting and stability). 
  • A savory mousse is often made with puréed fish, poultry, or vegetables and combined with beaten egg whites, whipped cream, cheese, herbs, or spices. It is often served as an appetizer or a light first course.
  • A sweet mousse, served for dessert, consists of some variety of chocolate or fruit with whipped cream, beaten egg whites, and sugar folded in gently.

Let's Learn About France!

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  • Bonjour (hello)! Bienvenue en (welcome to) France and the spectacular Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, and ancient Roman ruins in the Provence region.
  • France is a European country, and its official name is the French Republic. The capital city is Paris, which also has the most people. 
  • France's land area is 248,573 square miles. That is almost the size of the US state of Texas! The number of people in France is 67,874,000, about 43 percent more than in Texas.
  • The official and national language is French, which is also the official language in 12 other countries, and a co-official language in 16 countries, including Canada. 
  • France's government consists of a president, a prime minister, and a parliament and is divided into regions and departments rather than states and counties.
  • The French have a well-known motto, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity."
  • In addition to the Eiffel Tower, France is known for the Louvre, the most visited art museum worldwide (the Mona Lisa resides there), the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) in southeastern France on the Mediterranean coast.
  • France is famous for the "beaux-arts" (fine arts). Paris is still home to many artists and great painters, artisans, and sculptors. Great literature came from French authors, such as Victor Hugo's novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Paris has two popular nicknames. The most common is "The City of Light" (La Ville Lumière), which came about because Paris was the first European city to implement street lighting in 1860, lighting up the city with 56,000 gas street lamps. The second is "The City of Love," (La Ville de L'amour). This name is probably due to Paris being considered one of the most romantic cities in the world and the high number of marriage proposals at the Eiffel Tower!
  • French cuisine is known for its freshness and high quality. Many of the world's greatest pastries originated in France, such as the croissant, eclair, and macaron!
  • Other French foods are escargot (snails!), baguette (bread), ratatouille (roasted tomato, zucchini, and eggplant—remember the movie?!), and crepes (very thin pancakes).

What's It Like to Be a Kid in France?

  • Most kids start school (preschool) at around age three. Depending on the area and the school, students go to school 4 to 5 days a week. They often get a 1½-hour lunch break, and some kids go home for lunch. 
  • Dinner is served at 7:30 pm or later, so afternoon snacks are essential. "Le goûter" (goo-tay), or afternoon tea, often includes a "tartine," a slice of bread topped with something sweet or savory (like cheese, butter and jam, or Nutella). Other popular snacks are yogurt, fromage blanc (white cheese), and fruit. 
  • Popular sports for kids are soccer, bicycling, and tennis.
  • There are several parks in France, in and around Paris. Napoleon III even designed one of them, the Bois de Boulogne, where you can find beautiful gardens, lakes, a zoo, an amusement park, and two horse racing tracks. In addition, kids can go on pony rides, play mini-golf, and race remote control boats at many public parks.  
  • Of course, kids can also go to the most popular theme park in Europe, Disneyland Paris, which opened in 1992. While there, kids can go on a ride unique to Disneyland Paris: Ratatouille: The Adventure!

Lettuce Joke Around

What was the French cat’s favorite Valentine’s Day dessert?

Chocolate mousse!

Lettuce Joke Around

What did one raspberry say to the other raspberry? 

"If you weren't so sweet, we wouldn't be in this jam!"

The Yolk's On You

What weighs more: a pound of milk or a pound of ricotta cheese?

A pound of milk. The ricotta is "whey" lighter.

The Yolk's On You

What do you call raspberries playing the guitar? 

A jam session!

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a raspberry who got stepped on? 

Toe Jam.

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