This is a delicious fruity mousse with a great plum tang, making good use of plums, especially handy at that time of year when you have too many plums! The preparation time is mostly waiting time for the mixture to chill sufficiently.
Ingredients: 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin, 2 cups plums, pitted and sliced or 1 can of plum in syrup, 1/2 cup white sugar (optional), 1/2 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, Cointreau or other dessert liqueur
If you choose the fresh fruit then place the pitted and sliced plums into a saucepan over medium-low heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the plums are soft, 5 to 10 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick or starts to burn, add a tablespoon of water. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup of hot water in a bowl, and stir in the cooled plums, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix until the gelatin and sugar have dissolved. Chill the plum mixture in refrigerator until it begins to thicken, about 30 minutes. Whip the evaporated milk with the sweet dessert liqueur in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until thick, then gently spoon the whipped milk into the plum mixture. Beat again with electric mixer until the dessert is fluffy and well combined. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
If you use canned plums then you need: 1 jar or 1 can of plum, 1 egg white, 1/2 cup evaporated milk (without sugar) but you don’t need any additional sugar!
Whisk egg white until stiff. Place plums from the jar into an electric mixer without liquid and blend them with the stiff egg white together until mixture begins to ticken. Flavour with one teaspoon of cinnamon and with 1 spoon of sweet liqueur. Regfrigerate until serving. Decorate with mint leave.