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Whipped Yogurt Mousse with jelly and evaporated milk

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The Whipped Yogurt Mousse with jelly and evaporated milk is one of the very first recipes I developed as a teenager. My mother had been making desserts using fruit, jelly and evaporated milk for as long as I can remember, and the texture was light and very delicate.

One summer, after a particularly hot day when the mousse seemed to melt into a puddle in the dessert bowl, I decided that her recipe needed tweaking to make it more robust.

I created the Whipped Yogurt mousse by adding more jelly for a deeper flavor and body, fruit yogurt for tanginess, and fresh whipped cream to make it more lush and decadent. It is an easy and quick dessert that can be ready in less than an hour, as long as the evaporated milk has been chilled overnight.

Pineapple mousse

Whipped Yogurt Mousse with jelly and evaporated milk

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cape Malay
Keyword: easy dessert, no bake desserts, summer recipe
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder

Refreshing and light yoghurt mousse studded with fresh fruits and cream for a touch of luxuriousness.



  • 350 ml Evaporated milk approximately 1 can, chilled overnight
  • 160 grams jelly powder approximately 2 packets
  • 250 ml boiling water to dilute the jelly powder
  • 500 ml full cream fruit yoghurt same flavour as the jelly
  • 250 ml whipping cream lightly whipped
  • 250 ml fresh fruit pieces


  1. Chill the evaporated milk for 24 hours before making the dessert. The colder the milk the more it will froth.
  2. In a heat proof bowl, add the boiled water to the jelly powder and stir constantly to ensure that there are no undissolved granules.
  3. Allow the jelly to cool and thicken, about 20 minutes.
  4. Using an electric beater with whisk attachment or a stand mixer, whip the ideal milk in a high sided bowl for 10 minutes until light and foamy and doubled in volume.
  5. Add the cooled jelly and whisk on high for 2 minutes to combine.
  6. Add the yoghurt and fresh cream and fold lightly until everything is mixed through.
  7. At this point you may add the chopped fruit and fold through.
  8. Decant the mixture into a serving bowl and leave to set in the fridge for at least one hour before decorating with fresh cream and fruit.

Recipe Notes

Each 80 gram packet of jelly powder should set approximately 2 cups of liquid.

For pineapple mousse only use canned pineapple because the enzymes in raw pineapple will not allow the dessert to set.

Nutrition Facts
Whipped Yogurt Mousse with jelly and evaporated milk
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Potassium 200mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 17g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 8.3%
Vitamin C 15.9%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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