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Raspberry Mousse with Hazelnut Biscotti

Raspberry mousse with biscotti 1
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Raspberry mousse with biscotti 4

This is what we made for Christmas day lunch – raspberry mousse with hazelnut biscotti. Both parts of the recipe are lovely, although they are weirdly proportioned. The recipe as given (which is supposed to be for 4), made 6 of these small pots and about 30 biscotti. Recipe from here:

For the hazelnut biscotti

225g/8oz self-raising flour
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped out
100g/3½oz hazelnuts, shells removed, chopped
2 free-range eggs
50g/2oz butter, melted
25g/1oz flour mixed with 25g/1oz icing sugar, for dusting
icing sugar, for dusting

For the raspberry mousse

3 gelatine leaves (or veggie alternative)
500g/1lb 2oz raspberries
50g/2oz icing sugar
50ml/2fl oz raspberry liqueur (or raspberry juice)
2 tbsp caster sugar
½ lemon, zest only
175ml/6fl oz double cream, whipped

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. For the biscotti, mix together the flour, sugar, vanilla seeds and hazelnuts in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, beat the eggs and butter together until pale and fluffy, then add to the flour mixture, mixing to form a dough. Shape the dough into a ball.
  4. Flour a work surface with the flour and icing sugar mixture. Turn the dough out onto the work surface, halve it and roll each half into a 24cm/10in long rectangle 1cm/½in thick.
  5. Place the rectangles of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes, then cut 12 biscuits out from each sheet with a biscuit cutter. Return the biscuits to the oven to bake for 15 more minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 20-30 minutes, then dust with icing sugar.
  7. Meanwhile, for the raspberry mousse, soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes, or until softened.
  8. Place half of the raspberries in a bowl and stir in the icing sugar and raspberry liqueur. Set aside and leave to macerate.
  9. Place the remaining raspberries in a pan with the caster sugar and gently heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved. Squeeze out the excess water from the gelatine leaves and add to the pan, stirring until the gelatine has dissolved.
  10. Leave to cool slightly then, using a hand blender, blend the mixture to a smooth purée. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  11. When cooled, fold in the lemon zest and cream.
  12. To serve, spoon the raspberries in liqueur into the bottom of four serving glasses, followed by the raspberry mousse. Spoon over another layer of raspberries, then top with a final layer of mousse. Decorate with the biscotti.

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  • Jessica 12 January 2017, 6:43 pm

    Maybe it’s in the spirit of it being not much more work to make many more biscuits of this type, so might as well stock up whilst you’re at it! Both look lovely, such sweet dessert dishes too.