Chestnut mousse with sour cherries and merengue

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Vermiselle was a new culinary encounter for me when I moved to Switzerland. This Swiss dessert specialty is eaten in autumn and winter and consists of puréed chestnuts mixed with sugar, vanilla and milk pressed through a perforated plate into long worms (vermicelli in Italian). Usually, vermiselle is accompanied by merengue and whipped cream. And sometimes it’s tasted with Swiss cherry brandy. This is my child-friendly take on a very typical Swiss delicacy.

Chestnut mousse: Mix 250 g sweetened chestnut purée with 100 ml whipped cream.

Sour cherry juice reduction: Bring 100 ml sour cherry juice and 1 tbsp sugar to the boil. Reduce until sticky.

Merengue: Prepare the merengues according to the recipe in my sugar beet mousse blog post.

Dulce de leche cream: Whip 250 ml heavy cream with 200 g dulce de leche.

Assembly: Place a generous dollop mousse on a mirror of sour cherry juice reduction. Decorate with heaps of dulce de leche cream and merengues as well as sour cherries and lemon balm.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheryl says:

    I’ve never heard of this dessert before, but it sounds delightful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mums! says:

    It truly is, Sheryl! Feel free to give it a try 😊

    Like

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