Cheesecake Mousse

Cheesecake MousseCan you believe it’s already July? This summer has flown by, and we are trying to make the most of every bit of it! Last week, we celebrated not one, but two weddings with dear friends.  We were so honored to be part of their wedding days, but it made for a very busy week, and the entire month of June was over before we knew it.

Like many Minnesotans, we plan on celebrating the Fourth of July at the lake. My grandparents have a beautiful cabin on a lake just outside the cities, and our families are up at the lake just about every weekend in the summer. We celebrate the Fourth with lawn games, a boat parade, a barbecue and driving into town for fireworks. And of course, Fourth of July isn’t complete without red, white and blue treats! Just because we are at the lake doesn’t mean we are limited to Bomb Pops and watermelon slices. This year, we’ll be enjoying a much more decadent treat- Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Mousse!

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Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

Irish Cream Chocolate MousseLast winter, I met up with my best friend and her husband for a double date. After dinner (and about six servings of onion rings), she ordered dessert in the form of a drink called “Chocolate Dream”. The waitress brought an enormous mug of hot chocolate with Bailey’s Irish Cream, coffee liquor, amaretto, and lots of whipped cream. It was delicious, and I don’t think the boys got any of it. It was simply amazing.

When we visited them in Fargo that summer, I tried to recreate the drink in mousse form. I’ve made mousse so many times I don’t even need to look at the recipe any more, and I made a few modifications to incorporate the liquor. The result was a very soupy mess than refused to set and become mousse. We laughed, and drank it as-is, pretending it was a very thick milkshake. Whoops.

After lots of experimenting, I finally fixed the recipe just in time for her 25th birthday. We served this Irish cream chocolate mousse for dessert after a lovely evening of birthday festivities, and it was a huge hit! If you like Bailey’s Irish Cream, you will love this mousse. The Irish Cream isn’t overwhelming, and is balanced perfectly by the rich flavor of chocolate. This mousse is so creamy and smooth, it’s impossible to resist!Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

If you’re looking for a decadent, adults-only dessert, look no further. Fluffy and airy while decadently smooth and creamy, this Irish cream chocolate mousse is everything dessert is supposed to be. An added bonus- mousse is also gluten-free!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin Cheesecake MousseThis past weekend, we celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving with our families. With Thanksgiving behind us and November coming to a close, most people are pushing their cans of pumpkin to the back of the pantry. Not me! I enjoy pumpkin year round, and usually go to the grocery store soon after Thanksgiving to stock up on all the clearance pumpkin. Yum. Even though most of us are shifting from pumpkin spice to peppermint, I couldn’t help sharing this amazing pumpkin cheesecake mousse recipe. It is silky smooth and sweet with all the decadent flavor of pumpkin pie. Break out the last can of pumpkin in your cabinet (you know you have one), this recipe is worth opening it!

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Mousse

Quick and Easy Chocolate MousseA French classic meets American impatience in a chocolatey match made in heaven. Or a blender.

I love chocolate. I love French things. I could eat chocolate mousse by the pint. And I was not in the mood to make mousse the proper old fashioned way.  I winged it, and tried making mousse in the blender. The results were delicious. I still prefer my traditional recipe, but this one is great to whip up when you a need a dessert to impress, but have no time.

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