Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cappuccino Mousse for St. Pio

How to describe this super easy dessert? I can't. You will just have to try it for yourself. So easy, so forgiving, who could ask for more? Use any flavor pudding (within reason) and any dipping device you choose. We have two bunches of fragrant, ruby red strawberries sitting, just waiting to help us enjoy this delightful dessert and celebrate our favorite Capuchin saint. Maybe some cappuccinos to wash it down? According to the Oxford English Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary, the drink was named cappuccino because its color resembles the brown color of the robes worn by the Capuchin order of Franciscan friars. Others say it is because of the cappuccio or hood of the friar's robes.

Cappuccino Mousse

1 C. milk
3/4 C. cold strong coffee (I use decaf.)
1 pkg. vanilla pudding mix
2 Tbl. sugar
2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/4 c. sugar

In a large bowl, beat milk, coffee, pudding mix (dry) and 2 Tbl. sugar with a wire whisk for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. In a chilled large bowl, beat whipping cream and 1/4 C. sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Gently stir whipped cream into coffee mixture. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until set.

Those people who don't like the flavor of coffee (do you really exist?) should know that this mousse has a very light taste, but it is definitely coffee flavored.

Coloring pages for Padre Pio can be found here.
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  1. Ooh! That looks so yummy Charlotte! What a fun (and easy!) thing to do for this feast! Oh, and THANK YOU for the coloring page as well! :)

  2. We just made this exact mousse for our family feast day (St. Bernard) because we all love cappuccino, and mousse must be French, right? It was super easy and delicious, and served way more than the 4 stated on the allrecipes web site. It would serve 6 or even 8.

  3. I can't wait to try it this week. Thank you for sharing!