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New Toys

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My impressive plunder from holiday gift-giving leaves me predictably overwhelmed. Inundated by all the shiny toys I’ve had my eye on for the past twelve months, I’m beyond feeling like a kid in a candy store- More like a mad baker in a pastry department! After spending the first week or so drowning in guilt over my embarrassment of riches, the shame instantly dissipated after boxes were opened and kitchen appliances exhumed from their bubble-wrapped tombs. So many ideas bubbled around in my scattered brain, the real trouble was figuring out where to start.

And really, that wasn’t too hard after all. Seriously, when the accessories look more like ammunition than culinary tools, who wouldn’t be intrigued?

The lure of my professional-looking iSi cream whipper proved to out shine the rest, which pushed it to the foreground of my brainstorming. How to use this tool designed to work almost exclusively with dairy, and develop vegan recipes, was an exciting challenge. While I can’t claim the greatest of success so far, there has been one simple yet encouraging triumph: Mousse.

Made from only two ingredients, this would be perfect for an emergency dessert if guests happen to drop by unannounced, expecting sweets [as they often do around here.] So light, fluffy, and down right fun, I can definitely see this becoming a go-to  recipe for instant mousse gratification.  Yes, it does require this fancy shmancy equipment, but hey, aren’t I allowed to play with my new toys a little?

Instant Mousse

1 25.5-Ounce Can Coconut Milk, Chilled
1 3-Ounce Package Kojel (I used lemon, but any flavor works just fine)

First off, do NOT shake the can of coconut milk. Remove the top and use a large spoon to skim off the cream on top. Measure out two cups from the upper layer of coconut cream- You will have some extra, but you can use that in another recipe. Whisk the kojel into the coconut cream so that the mixture is homogeneous, and transfer it into your cream whipper. Use one charge, shake a few times, and dispense the entire contents into a number of small dishes. Do not reserve any of the mousse inside the whipper, because it will set up and not come out.

Either chill for a colder, firmer mousse, or eat immediately!

Printable Recipe

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

38 thoughts on “New Toys

  1. Mmmm, I could definitely go for some of this! Hooray new toys!

  2. The ideal toy for a vegan chef;)
    My husband gave me a ISI whip cream for my last birthday and I must say it’s great for making whipped vegan:)
    That’s what helped me make my vegan crème brulée for the challenge of DB (the bûche).
    I also want to make chocolate mousse hot but because my ISI can also be used in a bain-marie :)

    Your coconut mousse look great, I want to eat my computer screen :) as usual with your photos :)

  3. What a wonderful and fun gift! It sounds like the gift-givers in your life know exactly what makes you happy. Have fun further exploring your new gadgets!

  4. Neato gift! I’m looking forward to see what else you come up with. The lemon mousse looks fabulous.

  5. hahaha, when I first previewed this in my rss feed, read “new toys” and saw the first photo, I was almost sure you had bought ammunition of some sort.
    your mousse looks fantastic, Hannah! I love your trick of not shaking the can and separating the cream – I’ll definitely be using that one in the future :)

  6. New gadgets are always so much fun! Enjoy playing around :)
    Easy and delicious, perfect combination for mousse!

  7. That mousse looks AMAZING! I’ve never seen anything so fluffy and light before. It’s like a little cloud =)

  8. I have not used my ISI cream whipper much but I will now thanks for this delicious looking mousse recipe!

  9. VEGAN MOUSSE!!! Ooooooh…

  10. I always wanted one of those, too. That is so neat to see you use it for something other than whipped cream. It looks delicious.

  11. I totally thought you got bullets as a gift when I first opened the page… hahaha :D

  12. That is quite a fancy new toy!! How fun! And your mousse looks amazing.

  13. Hi Hannah! It’s so fun to see what kinds of yummy desserts you create with your shiny new toys.

  14. That’s a cool gift! Can’t wait to see what other neat things you got! :-)
    ~ingrid

  15. That looks yummy! I have never heard of this shiny new toy you have acquired, but it sounds fun, I’m glad you’re enjoying it!!

  16. Wow…that’s fancy. Looks really delicious!

  17. I like the idea of using a cream whipper for vegan desserts! I may just have to get one. I also like the idea of using coconut instead, as I have been quite addicted to SoyaToo whip lately. I think it’s the best on the market right now.

  18. neat! it looks so light and fluffy. like a delicious little cloud. if only i had the tools! alas, maybe someday ;) also, re: you being awesome at knitting, do you care to let me know where you get all your adorable patterns? i’m in the mind to make creatures of some sort for my kitties (and who am i kidding, myself). if you could email me some resources, i’d be really grateful! i don’t know anyone in real life that knits, so i’m sort of on my own here. thanks!

  19. I have a whipped cream charger at home too…waiting for the perfect thing to use it for and I think I just found it! What a great idea.

  20. That creamer definitely made the mousse whippy! Sounds like a fun tool to play with!

  21. Now that’s a cool gift!

  22. So fluffy and light! Looks like you are having lots of fun with your new gifts. Lucky you!

  23. Yummy! Kitchen toys are the best! And the mousse looks SO yummy!

  24. What an amazing gift and what a delicious solution! Mousse – I used to love mousse… especially the chocolate-orange kind…

  25. That moose looks too good! I would have never thought of lemon geletin-free jello and coconut milk! How does that icecream maker work? Do you have any vegan icecream recipes that don’t require a special tool? Of course, I could live on so dlicious! =)

  26. That is the lightest fluffiest mousse I’ve ever seen! Hooray for fancy shmancy equipment!

  27. Looks wonderful. So are those the cartridges? They do look like ammunition! LOL. I think I may have found my next kitchen gadget to lust after. Thanks, Hannah!

  28. i want one! it sounds so fun!

  29. Yum yum yum! I have thought about a cream whipper as well.

  30. It looks amazing!

    I’m a bit confused, though. Why would you open a can of coconut milk if you’re only going to use the cream? I’ve read the recipe again and again and I can’t see that you’re actually using the milk. Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to use a can of coconut cream to start with, or coconut cream powder?

  31. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a cream whipper. Awesome!!

  32. So very impressive that you can use a tool that like you said, is pretty much for dairy, and yet make this beautiufl vegan mousse! Well done Hannah.

  33. Another success! You know, those smarty pantses at Edward & Sons make organic a href=”http://www.edwardandsons.com/SellSheetFront_Coconut.html”>coconut cream in a box. It’s handy to have around!

  34. I’m so jealous of your new toys. This mousse sounds so refreshing,

  35. This is one kitchen tool that has been on my wish list for 20 years. With economy as it is and both my husband and I out of work it is unlikely that it will ever enter my kitchen, but it will stay on my list forever. Miracle have been known to happen. Enjoy!

  36. vitamix…I haven’t heard that word for 30 years! and now they are back, huh! WOW!
    it sounds like it works quite well…….

  37. I have had my eye on a cream whipper for some time now. After reading your post, I think I may use one of my Christmas girft certificates to purchase one for my self!!

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