apricot mousse in a sherbet glass topped with three apricot slices and chopped walnuts

Middle Eastern Apricot Mousse With Nut Crumble Layers (Mish Mish)

Tangy apricots + velvety hand-whipped cream = an exotic dessert reminiscent of Arabian Nights. This Middle Eastern Apricot Mousse with Nut Crumble Layers is naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and takes less than 30 minutes in the kitchen!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Haniya Cherry


  • 3 apricots whole, quartered
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • crumble nut topping
  • nut crust optional


  1. In a food processor or blender (such as the Vitamix), blend apricot quarters until they form a smooth purée. Stop once or twice to scrape down the sides, if necessary.
  2. Add apricot purée to a small saucepan.
  3. Add coconut sugar and lemon rind to saucepan.
  4. Stir all ingredients together, then bring to a boil over medium heat.
  5. When boiling, cover the saucepan and let simmer for 5 minutes, adjusting heat lower if necessary so that the purée doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
  6. When 5 minutes are up, remove pan from heat and uncover.
  7. Remove and discard lemon rind. Let purée cool for about 15 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, make the crumble nut topping (instructions here). Set aside.
  9. Whip heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. I use my manual egg beater.
  10. When apricot purée is cool, fold it into the whipped cream.
  11. In alternating layers, spoon the mousse and the crumble nut topping into sherbet glasses. Or, spoon the mousse over this pre-baked nut crust, then generously sprinkle with the crumble nut topping.
  12. Let chill in the refrigerator.
  13. Enjoy!