Cranberry Orange Mousse

Cranberry Orange Mousse

Cranberries are in abundance now. I believe it makes a perfect sense buying them and freezing for later use while they are so reasonably priced. I’m thinking about Christmas, in particular :) It’s probably too early but I’ve got this obtrusive idea… Does anybody else feel Christmas in the air? I even made sugar-glazed cranberries to decorate the mousse. But I didn’t use them as I was told it was quite premature. After all, we’ve just had Thanksgiving here. It’s probably the general holiday spirit, I guess…

A word about the mousse – the mousse was nice. For white chocolate haters – it tasted as it’s supposed to – cranberry-like, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Serves 8 (Number of servings will depend on your serving glasses capacity. Mine were about 80 ml each; it makes quite a satisfying portion after a good meal)


  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
  • 3 oz white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream


In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and becomes a jam-like, about 8-10 minutes total. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer into a medium bowl, pressing hard onto the solids. Add the orange zest and liqueur, stir. Cool to room temperature.

Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a wide skillet. Turn the burner off (if your stove is electric, remove the skillet from the burner) and wait for 30 seconds, then set the bowl of chocolate in the hot water. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove the bowl of chocolate from the hot water. Let the chocolate cool to about 85 F (a small dab on your upper lip should feel slightly cool, not cold). If the chocolate mixture is too cold, the mousse may turn out grainy; if necessary, set the bowl in the pan of warm water for a few seconds before the next step.

Whip the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Fold about a third of the whipped cream into the cranberry mixture. Then fold in the melted chocolate. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Spoon or pipe into the serving glasses or bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Cover with plastic wrap without touching the surface if refrigerate longer.

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34 Responses to “Cranberry Orange Mousse”

  1. Vera,
    Cranberry, white chocolate, grand marnier, what not to like?
    Absolutely delicious!

  2. I love that you’re already getting into the holiday spirit! I’m not quite there yet, we’re having weather in the high 70′s here, but I think that’s supposed to turn soon. I think you should have used your glazed cranberries! But even without them, this looks good. Enough, even, to put a girl like me in the holiday mood!

  3. Oh my! What a lovely little dessert. I love, love, love the color of your mousse. It sounds delish :)

  4. Very pretty mousse! I haven’t had a fresh cranberry before, only the frozen or dried stuff, which I love anyway.

  5. An interesting mousse! Great combo! Those pictures are very pretty! Yesterday, I just bought a bag of fresh Wisconsin cranberries…



  6. Lovely and pretty mousse, Vera.
    p.s. I got the extract from chinese market.

  7. simply exquisite vera! i love the flavor combo. i have to try this!

  8. A beautiful dessert!

  9. i can’t wait for christmas and all its cranberry glory!

  10. The cranberries and white chocolate must be brilliant together! I love it.

  11. Oh Vera, the cranberry orange mousse looks wonderful. I’m going to serve this at the Thanksgiving dinner I’m hosting this year.

  12. Hi Vera! How are you?
    Unfortunately, it´s not easy to find fresh cramberries here in São Paulo. I had to use frozen ones to make the ice cream that I posted on the blog.

    Loved your mousse, great idea for Brazil
    Kisses, Glau

  13. Wow what a fabulous combination. That looks so delicious. I am so looking forward to cranberries. I buy a ton of them.

  14. What perfect bite sized portions. I love the color and the cranberry flavor.

  15. What a gorgeous color! And I don’t even mind the white chocolate!!!

  16. Um yeah..I feel Christmas in the air when I go into Lowes and they have already replaced the Halloween decorations with Christmas ones!! WHAaahhh?

  17. oh heavens. what a decadent dessert. i love the cranberry-orange pairing, and tossing in a little white chocolate just makes it that much better. this is gorgeous, vera, and that’s all there is to it. :)

  18. Vera- this is a pretty dessert that looks festive as well. I loved the photography of this post.

  19. Dear Vera, this mousse looks divine, as do the photos! Pairing white chocolate with berries is one of my favorites!

  20. The mousse looks delicious, and (surprisingly…to me at least) the pink background works very well with it. Very pretty picture!
    Pity you didn’t use the sugared cranberries, it’s never too early for pretty decoration ;)

  21. Those mousse glasses are beautiful!!
    I love the pink background…

    I’m sure those had a “pink ending”!

  22. Beautiful. Very visually appealing, and it looks like it tastes delicious. I love cranberries. And as for Christmas … as soon as October hits I always think Christmas is one week after the next, etc. I can’t wait.

  23. What a lovely change for dessert. Pretty and the taste sounds wonderful. I bring the desserts often for family get togethers and am always looking for something new.

  24. Miam, this mousse looks delicious, and without the gelatin! I might think of different flavour combinations using pistachios…etc.

  25. Thank you so much, guys, for visiting! I enjoyed reading and appreciated every comment! Thank you!

  26. Oh my! It looks really delicious!! I must try though I can’t find cranberries here, I’ll have to find a substitute.

  27. What a gorgeous color! Orange and cranberries are wonderful together, indeed. Great recipe!

  28. One word: Fantastic.
    I may not be big on white chocolate, but I know I’ll make this.

  29. Wow Vera! What an awesome recipe. I love the grand marnier and the white chocolate inclusion!

  30. Morgana, thank you! You can use frozen cranberries if you have such.

    Patricia, thank you very much!

    Marysol, thank you! You are too kind :) The white chocolate here is more for stabilizing the mousse; it’s not very pronounced.

    Laurie, thank you!

  31. Pefect after dinner bite! Love the color, the texture and I can imagine the taste! Splendid!

  32. Helen, thanks a lot!

  33. Wow! Cranberry and orange are two of my favorite flavors. I can’t wait to try this!

  34. Thankyou for the recipie. It was the most delicious mousse i ever had/made. The combination of flavours was brilliant! Though i tweaked the recipie to my style by adding cinnamon and skipping the liquer, it came out superb, thanks again!

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