Easy Passion Fruit Mousse {Brazilian Mousse de Maracuja}

Passion Fruit Mousse in a Bowl introSince all eyes are on Brazil these days, I thought it would be fun to share one of my all-time favorite Brazilian desserts.  Here in the US, things labeled with the flavor of passion fruit very, very rarely actually taste like passion fruit.  It tends to be used as a generalized term for anything remotely tropical, which totally bugs me.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought things expecting to taste that unique flavor and end up with something so entirely…off.  Just recently we were at a really nice local restaurant.  My eyes lit up when I saw they had passion fruit creme brûlée on the dessert menu.  You bet I ordered one of those bad boys.  The waiter brought out a gorgeous place, with a big, creamy dish of creme brûlée and that signature toasted sugar on top.  It was decorated with a fresh orchid and some chopped mango.  I took that first bite, closing my eyes to savor it, and guess what?  It had no passion fruit flavor whatsoever.  None.  It was plain ol’ regular creme brûlée.  They called it “Passion Fruit” because it was served with diced mango and a fancy tropical flower.  And the majority of Americans don’t even know what real passion fruit tastes like, so most don’t know the difference.   Fresh passion fruit has a very unique flavor, and when I lived in Brazil, it was very common to use the fresh fruit in every day cooking.  It has a rather strange, pulpy center with big, crunchy black seeds (photo cred: shutterstock) Passion FruitOne of the most popular desserts there is Mousse de Maracuja, Passion Fruit Mousse.  There are lots of ways to make it, but the majority of home cooks use a super easy recipe that only involves 3 ingredients, and results in something so completely decadent, it’s ridiculous.

Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse from Our Best Bites

These ingredients shouldn’t be too hard to come by, but depending on where you live, you might have to look around for a couple of them.  The first thing is passion fruit concentrate.  Sometimes you can find this in the frozen juice aisle of the grocery store, but make sure you’re getting 100% passion fruit concentrate, not some sort of frozen tropical juice mix.  You can also check the Latin foods aisle of the grocery store, where it is sometimes sold in bottles or cans.  Again, make sure you’re getting concentrate, not juice.  I buy mine from a Latin foods market, which is something just about every city should have.  If all else fails, just order this from Amazon in a bottle.

Frozen Passion Fruit Nectar

You’ll also need both sweetened condensed milk (I’m showing the Latin cans, but regular sweetened condensed milk that we use in the US is the exact same thing) and something Brazilians call “Creme de Leite.”

Leite and Condensada

In the US, creme de leite is sold as “Media Crema” or “Table Cream” and should be easily found in the Latin foods aisle of the grocery store.  Again, if for some reason you can’t find it, you can buy it at a Latin foods market, or on Amazon.  But I’ve always been able to find it at my regular grocery store.  It’s kind of like canned cream; a mix between heavy cream and evaporated milk.

Creme de leite

The actual process couldn’t get any easier.  Just put the canned ingredients in your blender (and I always put in the sweetened condensed milk in last so it doesn’t get stuck on the bottom of the blender.)

Sweetened Condensed Milk

And then use either of those cans to measure out the passion fruit concentrate.  Use at least one can, and up to 2.  For me, 1 1/2 cans is the perfect amount.  More is a little strong for some people, less is pretty mild.

Passion Fruit Nectar

Then pour the mixture into serving dishes, or one big bowl, and chill it to set.

Pouring Mousse De Maracuja

That’s it.  A few hours later and you have amazing, creamy, tropical, mousse.

Passion Fruit Mousse in a Bowl

And it took you like, 45 seconds to make.

Passion Fruit Mousse on a Spoon

I’ve found you don’t have to have any connection to Brazil to love this.  I served it recently at a dinner party and everyone raved and licked their bowls clean!  That being said, anyone who has any connection to Brazil at ALL, will die of happiness with a single bite.

Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse from Our Best Bites

Since this is rich and sweet, I suggest serving it in small dishes.  You really don’t need a big ol’ bowl, a little goes a long way!

 

 

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67 comments

  1. Oh yes! I thought it was just me who pitched a fit about passion fruit. These grew wild in my grandmas yard and when we were little we would pop them in our mouths and be merry. Little did I know they were so hard to find out here.
    Now this dish looks so divine! Two of my faves combined? I never thought things could get any better with condensed milk. I was so wrong. So very very wrong! Thanks for this brilliant idea for the summer 🙂

  2. Oh, I can’t wait to try this!! We have “Brazil night” for dinner [thanks to your beans & rice, cheese rolls and Brazilian lemonade recipes!] at least once a month and often serve it when we have the missionaries for dinner. I’ve always been a little unsure what to serve for dessert but this will round out the meal nicely! Plus, my Brazil-mission-serving husband’s birthday is this week, so I’ll be searching for that passion fruit stuff! Thanks for the new Brazilian recipe!

  3. We LOVE this stuff at our house! My husband was in Brazil and I was in Paraguay. We miss those delicious fresh fruits. I’ll definitely have to make it again soon.

  4. “That being said, anyone who has any connection to Brazil at ALL, will die of happiness with a single bite.” Exactly!! This is my all time favorite dessert!! I am so excited to make it for my husbands birthday tomorrow, perfect timing:)

  5. I was going to have some friends over to watch the World Cup Final on July 13th and I never put 2 and 2 together that your site has a bunch of awesome ideas for a Brazilian inspired feast! I was thinking I would try to do food inspired by the teams in the final match, but it will be so much easier (because I won’t know the final teams until the 9th) and much more fun (because who wants to make, say, German food in July?) to just go with the theme of the host country. Can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. This looks wonderful! I am also obsessed with passion fruit, and this looks like a wonderful way to have it. Yesterday I noticed that Media Crema at the store, and thought, hmm, I wonder what you do with this? Well, now I know! Thanks for sharing this recipe–I look forward to trying it.

  7. My hubby served a mission in Brazil and he LOVES Maracuja! One year for his birthday we actually ordered a box of the fruit from amazon (as in .com, not the place hahaha!) so he could make the juice. We used the evaporated cane juice from costco to sweeten it so it was close to the pressed cane sugar. His birthday is coming up so I know what he’s gettin for dessert!!! Thank you!

  8. Ahh I’ve been wanting this recipe!! I have a new Brazilian friend and she invited us over for a traditional Brazilian feast a few weeks ago. This was the dessert and I loved it so much. I normally don’t even get excited about fruit desserts, but this one I would have again any night of the week. I’ll be searching for those ingredients soon 🙂

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