Ann Reardon

Pretty Purple Dessert


Happy New Year! Apologies for the lack of video last Friday. I decided that after 6 years of not missing a Friday blog post or video that I should actually take a few weeks off. I plan to spend one week over in Perth with Dave, my boys the rest of my family and friends over there. Then the next two weeks just relaxing around home with Dave & the kids doing fun stuff. I prepared this dessert for you before I started my break.

To make this pretty purple dessert you will need:

Choux pastry (makes 70 profiteroles)

choux pastry recipe
5 eggs or 250g (8.82 ounces)
160g (5.64 ounces) or 1 cup flour
10g (0.35 ounces) or 1 Tablespoon sugar
125mL (4.23 fluid ounces) or 1/2 cup water
125mL (4.23 fluid ounces) or 1/2 cup milk
100g (3.53 ounces) or or 1/2 cup butter

Preheat the oven to 200C (392 degrees Fahrenheit).

Place the sugar, water, milk and butter into a pan over high heat leaving it until the butter is melted. Add in the flour all at once whisking it in. Keep stirring it over the heat for at least a minute until you get a thick firm ball of dough.

Remove from the heat and add in the eggs one at a time whisking them through.

Place the pastry mixture into a piping bag fitted with a round tip and pipe small dollops onto a tray, allow room for spreading.

Using a wet finger gently press down any tops that are sticking up. Lightly spray them with cooking oil and then place that in the oven until they puff up and are golden.

profiteroles ann reardon

Leave to cool and then place in an airtight container.

Easy Strawberry Sauce

strawberry sauce recipe ann reardon

Makes enough to fill 25 pastries if only making 8 freeze the left over sauce to use on ice-cream
250g (8.82 ounces) fresh or frozen strawberries
40g (1.41 ounces) or 1/3 cup icing sugar
15mL (0.51 fluid ounces) or 1 Tablespoon marsala (optional – this is a sweet italian dessert wine)

Slice the strawberries and place them into the pan with the icing sugar and marsala. Heat that over high heat allowing it to come to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes until the strawberries are soft.

Mash it with a potato masher and leave to cool.

Jelly Squares

how to cook that jelly recipe
500mL (16.91 fluid ounces) or 2 cups water
190g (6.7 ounces) or 1 cup sugar
12 gelatine sheets
food coloring
flavoring (I used rose water)
1/4 tsp glycerin

Add the gelatin sheets to the water. After a minute the sheets will be soft, squeeze out some of the water and place them aside in a seperate bowl.

Add the sugar, flavoring, food colouring and glycerine into the water. Heat until it just starts to boil then remove from he heat, add in the softened gelatin sheets and stir until dissolved.

Pour into a tray lined with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge to set.

Yummy Vanilla Mousse

enough for 8 spheres

500mL (16.91 fluid ounces) or 2 cups milk
80g (2.82 ounces) or 1/3 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
50g (1.76 ounces) or 7 Tablespoons cornflour or cornstarch
3 tablespoons or 42g (1.48 ounces) gelatin
2 vanilla beans or vanilla essence
800mL (27.05 fluid ounces) or 3 1/4 cups cream

Cut your vanilla beans in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.

scrape a vanilla bean ann reardon

Pour some of the milk into the gelatin and stir well, then leave that to absorb the moisture.

Place the rest of the milk into a pan and add in the seeds from the vanilla bean.

Put the egg yolks in with the sugar and the cornflour and mix to combine.

Bring the milk mixture to the boil then pour a little into the eggs and stir to combine and thin down the egg yolks. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the rest of the milk in the pan and whisk together. Return to the heat and stir until it thickens and bubbles, keep stirring for another 30 seconds to cook all the cornstarch. Remove from the heat and add in the gelatin, keep stirring that until it is melted.

Place plastic wrap over the top and push it down so it touches the surface of the custard and leave to cool (do not refrigerate).

Once your custard has cooled to room temperature split it into two bowls. To one bowl add half of the cream and whip them together using an electric mixture until light and fluffy.

(repeat that withe the second half only when ready to use it, so if the gelatin is set you can warm the custard slightly first to remelt it).


Fill each profiterole with strawberry sauce

Place some mousse into a hemisphere mold and add a profiterole into the centre of each one. Make sure the mousse comes to the top of the mold and then place in into the freezer.

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Once they are frozen tip them out of the mold.

Make the other half of your mousse by adding the cream to the custard mixture (warm it slightly if it has set) and whipping them together. Pipe into he empty hemisphere molds then add the frozen halves on top to make a sphere. Return to the freezer.

Take your jelly out of the fridge, place a sheet of baking paper on top, flip it over and peel off the plastic wrap and cut small squares of jelly.

Take one of your desserts out of the mold and place it onto the serving plate.

Take a square of jelly and place it quickly onto a heated baking tray to let the bottom melt a little then add it onto the frozen dessert. The coldness of the dessert will set the jelly gluing it into place. Continue doing this until the entire dessert is covered.

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17 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 1

    My kids and I love your show and watch it regularly on Youtube! In making this recipe the rolls didn’t rise. Went online and saw that the dough has to be cool before adding the eggs. I did remove the dough from the heat but I think next time I’ll fully cool the dough. If you think that’s where I went wrong maybe edit your recipe accordingly?

  2. Rating: 4

    hi Ann i tried few desserts and cakes of yours and it taste great.specially the presentation ,design and colours are really awsome.
    i made strawberry fraisir many time on request of my family and dinner i am going to try pretty purple delight.i just like to know when the dessert has to transfer from freezer to fridge before serving.can i make them one day before and put them in fridge or freezer.

    • Hi Riz, Once the dessert has been assembled, it can be stored briefly in the fridge before serving. I can’t go back in the freezer for any length of time as the jelly would freeze. The mousse will slowly soften in the fridge so to ensure it keeps its shape, you should decorate and serve promptly. You could make and freeze the mousse centres and the jelly the day prior – and just assemble the 2 just prior to serving.

  3. Rating: 4.5

    Love your cooking. I want to make this for my 3rd year wedding anniversary coming up in a week’s time. Instead of making the custard from scratch, do u think custard from a carton will do? I have failed on numerous occasions on making from scratch, my eggs come out scrambled and I don’t want to mess it up this time round. Thanks

    • Hi Ummkhadijah, It is difficult to tell as commercial sutard mixes vary a lot in consistency. You would need to test it out to see if it mixes and holds it’s shape well enough to form the mousse.

  4. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann,
    Once the desserts are assembled with the jelly squares do we return them to the freezer or the fridge? It seems pretty impractical to do this jelly squares part just before serving them.
    How long before serving do we need to take them out, for them to be ready to eat?

    Greetings from The Netherlands,
    Mariandel en Peter

    • Hi Mariadel en Peter, Just return them to the fridge till you are ready to serve. They can go straight to the table to be enjoyed.

  5. Rating: 5

    You are The best at cooking!
    You are like The Gid level if cooking.
    First time i watched Your Chanel i GOT stunned. Greatings from Norway??

    • Hi Storm, Thanks for commenting!

  6. hi ann, i was wondering do you need to use glycerine for the jelly because we don’t have any also how many sevings does the recipe make pls reply

    • Hi Gem, the glycerin just makes the jelly a little more flexible and less prone to breaking. You could leave it out but you will find the jelly much harder to work with. The recipe makes 8 spheres.

  7. Rating: 5

    Wow that dessert is so cool ??

  8. Rating: 5

    Done ✅ I’ve subscribed

    • Thanks Sugar Kitten!

  9. Rating: 5

    Looks so delicious!!

  10. Rating: 4.5

    Hii… Ann I really love all ur crazy sweet creation… Nd love to make them.. I want to ask a question in this purple desert u used 12 gelatin sheets for jelly cubes.. If we don’t have gelatin sheets… So how much we can take gelatin powder for that… Plz do reply… Thank you

    • Hi Ayesha, Ann mentions this in the video. Sheets are preferred for this recipe but if needed you can replace with approximately 1 teaspoon of gelatin for every 2 sheets, but you will beed to follow the directions on the packaging, as strengths can vary.

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