Maple Mousse with Candied Walnuts

Maple Mousse with Candied Walnuts in a small clear glass on a folded purple linen

Creamy maple mousse topped with cinnamon-spiced candied walnuts makes for the perfect bite in every spoonful.

Maple Mousse with Candied Walnuts
Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • 2 (0.25-ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • ¾ cup water, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Candied Walnuts (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a small bowl, stir together gelatin and ¼ cup water; let stand until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. In the top of a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks, maple syrup, and remaining ½ cup water. Cook over simmering water, whisking constantly, until mixture registers 160° on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat, and whisk in gelatin mixture until melted.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat yolk mixture at medium-high speed until mixture is cooled and thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cooled egg yolk mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Spoon or pipe mixture into individual serving dishes. Sprinkle with Candied Walnuts, and garnish with maple syrup, if desired.
  1. In a large skillet, stir together walnuts, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter and sugar are melted and walnuts are shiny. Spoon onto a piece of parchment paper in a single layer, and let cool completely. Store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.

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