Passionfruit mousse

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With its sunny colour and tropical flavour, this memorable mousse is a great way to make the most of passionfruit when they are in season.


16 passionfruit, pulp removed, plus 6 extra passionfruit, pulp removed

2 teaspoons powdered gelatine

3 eggs, at room temperature, separated

110 g (3 3/4 oz/1/2 cup) caster (superfine) sugar, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons, extra

250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) pouring (whipping) cream


1. Push the pulp from the 16 passionfruit through a sieve set over a bowl to extract the juice, you will need 185 ml (6 fl oz/3/4 cup). Discard the seeds. Pour half the passionfruit juice into a small heatproof bowl or cup, sprinkle over the gelatine and stand for 5 minutes or until the gelatine has softened. Place the bowl in a saucepan with enough water to come halfway up the side of the bowl. Heat gently over medium-low heat until the gelatine dissolves. Remove the bowl from the pan, stir in the remaining passionfruit juice and cool to room temperature.

2. Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until thick and pale. Stir in the cooled gelatine mixture, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or until just beginning to set.

3. Use electric beaters with a whisk attachment to whisk the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Clean the whisk attachment. Put the egg whites in a clean, dry medium bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Use a large metal spoon or spatula to fold the whipped cream through the passionfruit mixture until evenly combined. Add one-third of the egg whites and fold to combine well. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.

4. Divide the mixture evenly among six 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) serving glasses. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set.

5. Combine the pulp from the 6 extra passionfruit with the extra sugar in a small bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves. Spoon over the mousse in the glasses and serve.