Strawberry Mousse


  • 3 leaves gelatine 
  • 500g/1lb 2oz ripe strawberries, halved, plus extra to serve 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 5 tbsp caster sugar 
  • 2 free-range eggs, whites only 
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 


  • Soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes, or until soft. 
  • Meanwhile, blend the strawberries, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a food processor until smooth.  
  • Drain the gelatine and add to a bowl with 2 tablespoons of the purée. Melt in the microwave or a small saucepan, but don’t let it boil. 
  • Whisk the egg whites until they hold firm peaks. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar and whisk again, until stiff, smooth and glossy. 
  • Whip the cream with the vanilla extract until it holds medium-firm peaks. Using a large spoon, fold the remaining strawberry purée, followed by the gelatine mixture, into the cream until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in the egg whites. Spoon the mousse into glasses, then cover and chill for at least 2 hours, or until set. 

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