Make this piña colada mousse a day ahead of your party for an easy dessert. Coconut whipped cream, eggs, and pineapple juice provide tons of flavor, so it is up to you if you add the spike of rum or not.
By Tessa Fisher
Taking advantage of pineapple juice’s natural sweetness, I enhanced the sweet with just a bit of honey. Add eggs, coconut whipped cream, vanilla, and a touch (or more) of rum, and you’ve got yourself one easy dessert. The recipe calls for three tablespoons of rum which, in my best Goldilocks voice is, “Just right”. Boozy but not overwhelmingly so. If rum isn’t your thing, the mousse is equally delicious on it’s own.
- 5 egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 cans coconut milk, full fat, refrigerated overnight
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
- Shredded unsweetened coconut, optional
- 3 tablespoons gold rum
- In a small saucepan, combine pineapple juice and honey and simmer until liquid reduces a bit, about 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks well. Add half of egg yolks into the saucepan in a slow stream, stirring constantly. Add the rest of the yolks, stir, Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens (about 10 minutes).
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the mousse has cooled and thickened. Scoop out the firmed up coconut milk from one can and place in a medium bowl. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat with electric mixer until soft peaks form and it takes on a "whipped" appearance. Add rum to coconut whipped cream and beat until combined.
- Fold coconut whipped cream into mousse. Cover and chill mousse for at least two hours.
- Before serving, open second can of coconut milk, remove solid and place in bowl, add remaining ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and whip with electric mixer. When ready to serve mousse, top with coconut whipped cream. Sprinkle with shredded coconut if desired.
Tessa F., baking enthusiast and school counselor, adopted a gluten-free diet to eliminate severe migraines. Tessa's success has inspired her to share her love of gluten-free baking using natural, seasonal, whole ingredients. Find more of her recipes on the blog Salted Plains.