Faith Durand's Coconut-Ricotta Mousse with Pomegranates and Pistachios

June 12, 2013

This week, Faith Durand from The Kitchn will serve as a Guest Editor at Food52. She'll be choosing a Wildcard winner, answering your questions on the Hotline, and sharing recipes from her new book, Bakeless Sweets -- because during summer, dessert shouldn't require an oven.

I am always looking for ways to add color and texture to desserts. Pomegranate arils and pistachios are a vivid contrast of color and sweet and salty tastes. Together they are like little jewels on top of this mousse, which is an unusual twist on the classic mousse formula. Ricotta has such an interesting texture -- a little gritty, and extra creamy. It brings an unexpected earthiness to this rich but not-too-sweet dessert. 


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Coconut-Ricotta Mousse with Pomegranates and Pistachios

Serves 6 (1/2 cup servings)

1 1/2 cup cream, divided
2 1/2 teaspoons gelatin
8 ounces full-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup coconut cream (the thickest cream from the top of the can of milk)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pistachio nutmeats, to serve
1/2 cup pomegranate arils, to serve

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by Stacy Newgent for Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand 

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By day, you'll find me at The Kitchn (, where I am executive editor and have a lot of fun writing about home cooking and kitchen design with our crackerjack team. I've also written several cookbooks, including the latest labor of love, Bakeless Sweets, all about pudding, panna cotta, icebox cake, no-bake cookies, and other no-bake desserts. I live in Columbus, Ohio, with my husband Mike, and a yard poised on the edge of becoming a garden!


Kukla June 13, 2013
Your mousse Faith looks and sounds divine! I never thought of paring ricotta with coconut and will definitely make the mousse and decorate it with raspberries and toasted coconut shreds.
I love ricotta, especially fresh, homemade ricotta; I make it every week, and enjoy making all kinds of sweet and savory dishes or just mixed with herbs, salt and pepper and spread on toast.
Big F. June 12, 2013
Oh my goodness... this is stunningly beautiful! Sounds like a great combo!
Faith D. June 12, 2013
Thanks so much!
hardlikearmour June 12, 2013
Love the white with green and red -- very festive! Where do you find pomegranate arils this time of year? I can only seem to find them in the winter.
Faith D. June 12, 2013
hardlikearmour I often find the arils at Trader Joe's; they have them in little packages in the produce section. Very handy...
boulangere June 12, 2013
I have the same problem, HLA - they're only available here in season (fall to winter), and the nearest Trader Joe's is in Seattle.
Faith D. June 12, 2013
I should also mention that you could certainly substitute other seasonal fruit! Fresh raspberries, slivered strawberries, or even tiny Champagne grapes would be lovely.
boulangere June 12, 2013
The little grapes sound beautiful; thank you, Faith.
hardlikearmour June 12, 2013
I'll check TJ's next time I go. I also love the idea of the Champagne grapes, and think their purple hue would also be gorgeous with the white background and green pistachios!