Making a traditional mousse is a bit of a pain in the rear.
And in this stage of my life (working mommyhood with a baby who's not a fan of sleep) I'm not down with extra kitchen frustration.
This is a bit lighter in texture than your traditional mousse. I would place it halfway in between eating yogurt and whipped cream. Well that doesn't sound half bad now, does it?
Vanilla Bean Yogurt Mousse
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups low fat plain yogurt
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 vanilla beans
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Scrape the insides of the vanilla beans and add to the sugar mixture, along with the bean. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to set for 30 minutes. Remove bean pods, then transfer to a covered container and place in refrigerator until chilled.
After sugar mixture has chilled, whisk in yogurt.
In a chilled metal bowl, whip cream (with chilled beaters) until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in yogurt mixture.