Anywhoooo, I love rhubarb, and it is still in season here, and readily found in grocery stores. I have paired it with raspberries, because I don't particularly love cooked strawberries..if you do, feel free to add strawberries if you like. The raspberries and rhubarb serve as a hearty sauce with a tangy but sweet delightfully fluffy lime mousse. Don't get scared off by the steps necessary in this mousse. They are all easy and you will quickly achieve a decadent beautiful dessert.
6 Tablespoons water
4 ½ teaspoons gelatin
2 cups lime juice
1 cups sugar
Zest of 3 limes
2 egg whites
2/3 cups sugar
2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
In a saucepan combine the water and gelatin. Add the 1 c sugar, lime juice, and zest and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and bring to room temperature.
In bottom of a double broiler bring 2 inches of water to a boil. Combine egg whites and 2/3 c sugar in a bowl and set into double broiler. Be sure that the bowl does not touch the water. Turn the heat off and whisk the eggs and sugar for about four minutes. This process is to cook the eggs enough that they are safe for the mousse. Be careful to make sure that the eggs do not froth too much or cook. Take the eggs out of the double broiler and put them into a mixer. Beat until heavy peaks. This will also cool them.
Beat the whipping cream to medium peaks.
Mix the meringue into the lime mixture. It will appear thin. Fold the whipped cream in so that it is completely incorporated.
Pour the mousse into molds or tart shells and refrigerate overnight.
** to adjust the firmness of the mousse and make it lighter, add more whipped cream.
RASPBERRY RHUBARB SAUCE
½ cup sugar
2 cups rhubarb
1 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon lime juice
In a heavy saucepan, combine rhubarb and sugar and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until tender. Add a bit of water if needed to get it started. Add the raspberries and lime juice and cook for 10 minutes. Blend if you wish to have a fine puree or leave as is for a chunky sauce. Serve hot or cold.