When I first moved to Miami about 19 years ago, I was introduced to a diverse, breathtakingly beautiful and amazing city that became my home. I loved the people, cultures and food right away. One of my favorite desserts of all time since I came to Miami has been Passion Fruit Mousse. I had never tried Passion Fruit or Maracuya (Maracuja) fruit before. It is not grown in the Mediterranean area where I came from. Its taste and unique flavor captivated me from the first time I tried it. I kept collecting recipes for this mousse for years, there are so many variations for this mousse. My recipe doesn’t have eggs and has very few ingredients just so I can make it simple. But I do offer few ways of serving this mousse, which always impresses my guests.Jump to Recipe
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Maracuya (Maracuja) or Passion Fruit
I was first introduced to Maracuya (Maracuja) or Passion Fruit in a Brazilian restaurant. Its unique taste is unforgettable and very different from any other fruits I had tried before. The origins of this fruit seem to be in Brazil/Argentina but it is also grown in Hawaii, Australia and California. Besides maracuya or maracuja, the passion fruit is also called granadilla.
Passion fruit’s most distinctive quality it’s that of the seeds, they’re crunchy and provide a different texture when included in recipes. The seeds also provide a great source of fiber. This fruit has high levels of Vitamin C.
I have tried several products from Brazil made with passion fruit. Another one of my favorites is a soda made with maracuya that is delicious as well.
If you are trying the fruit for the first time, i suggest cutting in half and scooping the pulp & seeds with a spoon.
Passion Fruit Mousse Recipe
I have served this mousse in different ways through the years. I will describe below with pictures several variations. While in the recipe you’ll find the way to prepare the mousse by itself.
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1. Mousse de Maracuya – Passion Fruit Mousse served with real fruit on top of the mousse.
Prepare the mousse according to recipe instructions below. Add mousse to desired serving cups. Refrigerate for 2 hours and when ready to serve, cut up 2 passion fruits and scoop the fruit on top of the mousse. The flavor is just out of this world. No wonder it is called Passion Fruit!!! Usually I use half a fruit per serving.
2. Mousse de Maracuya – Passion Fruit Mousse served with whipped cream and cookies
This version of passion fruit mousse is a kids’ favorite. I prepare the mousse as described in the recipe below. Crumble cookies and add them to the bottom of the serving cup. Add mousse on top and refrigerate for 2 hours. Once ready to serve, add whipped cream on top and decorate with raspberries or strawberries.
3. Mousse de Maracuya – Passion Fruit Mousse served with raspberries and cookies
This is a more fruit version but very similar to the previous option. Prepare the mousse according to instructions below. Add crumbled cookies to the bottom of the cup. Pour mousse on top and refrigerate for 2 hours. When ready to serve, cover the cup with favorite fruits like raspberries, blackberries or strawberries.
Passion Fruit Mousse – Mousse de Maracuya (Maracuja)
- 14 oz passion fruit pulp (100% pulp) Sold in frozen fruit section
- 1 can Table Cream (Media Crema) – 7.6 fl oz
- 1 can Sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
- 16 oz heavy whipping cream
- Thaw frozen passion fruit pulp if you had it in the freezer. If you just bought it, just the time it takes to purchase and drive home etc, should be good enough to start making the mousse. I prefer it mostly thawed but it doesn’t have to be completely liquid, just easy enough to blend.
- Whip heavy cream for 8-10 minutes. I use an electric hand held mixer. Whip until peaks of the cream stay firm and don’t lose their shape. Set it aside.
- Blend thawed maracuya pulp, table cream and condensed milk.
- Pour the blended mix onto the bowl where you whipped the cream. Make sure you have a big enough mixing bowl.
- Fold the blended mix into the whipped cream. Pour onto serving cups. You can add crumbled cookies in the bottom if desired. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with fresh passion fruit, raspberries, whipped cream and optional other toppings according to taste.
Some Examples of Products Used
Several times on Instagram I have been asked on equipment or exact brand of products used. I’m listing above some of the ones that I used for this recipe or similar brands/versions just so you can have an idea. I’m not affiliated with any of the companies manufacturing the above products. My hand held mixer is similar to the white one but mine is so old that I didn’t see it listed online. They all have the same function, so anything you use should work. Table cream I used is exactly the one above. The frozen passion fruit blend that my store offers is different, but the one i listed above is similar in price and look to the one I buy. Hope these listings help:). Thank you for reading my recipe.