Berries on Lemon Buttermilk Mousse

Recipe from What's For Lunch, Honey?  

Ingredients

For the Buttermilk Lemon Mousse

500 ml buttermilk
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
6 sheets white gelatine
80g Quark
1-2 tablespoons sugar

For the Berry Jello

500g mixed berries, I used gooseberries, blackberries, blueberries, red currents and cherries.
250 ml sour cherry juice
3-4g powdered gelatine
1/2 vanilla bean
2-3 tablespoons sugar

Method

For the Buttermilk Lemon Mousse

In a bowl of cold water soak the gelatine sheets for 5 minutes.

Heat about 3-4 tablespoons of buttermilk in a saucepan. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine and dissolve it with the hot buttermilk in the saucepan. Remove from heat. Mix in the lemon juice, zest and sugar and stir to dissolve.

Pour into a bowl and refrigerate just until the mixture starts to gelatinize.

Whip the quark until smooth then fold into the lemon buttermilk mixture. Divide into small glasses and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

For the Berry Jello

If using cherries make sure they are pitted.

Scrape the vanilla bean out and mix it, together with the pod into the sour cherry juice. Pour into a saucepan, adding the powdered gelatine and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for about 2 minutes.

Add the berries and cherries and sweeten as desired. After about two minutes remove from the heat. Place in a bowl and refrigerate preferably overnight.

Notes:

  • The consistency of the jello is not typically like the jello dessert we all had as kids. It's slightly more saucy, which is what you want.
  • Of you get flavored lemon/lime buttermilk then go ahead and use it. Follow the recipe above omitting the lemon juice and zest. A super easy dessert!
  • If you like you can flavor the berry jello with other spices like cinnamon or star anis. Substitute the vanilla with one of these spice, while heating the juice.
  • If the dessert is for grown-ups, add a shot of Kirsch, vodka or rum.
  • The fact that this recipe has a total of about 3-4 tablespoons of sugar makes it rather light on the hips ;-)
  • Are you moaning because I used quark? Stop it - Eva of Sweet Sins has the perfect quark recipe. If you do not want to make your own quark - then you may substitute with sour cream.