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May the muffin rise to greet you, may your friends be always at your door, and until we meet again, warm a single-malt in the palm of your hand and make something homemade for someone you love.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lemon Mousse

"Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." 
~Erma Bombeck
Confession:  I am guilty of blog-neglect.  It's been three weeks since my last post.  In my defense, it is the height of garden-prep time in New England, so something had to give.  
Doesn't look like much NOW....but stay tuned...
Beginning of September, as summer was having it's last gasp, I made this and it was so good, I wanted to post it, but did not get a good picture.  Since then  I've been dying for more and Easter was a great excuse to make it, seeing I had dessert duty.
This Lemon Mousse is just luscious and was big hit.  The perfect accent to a light spring meal.  I prefer it slightly tart, but you can adjust the lemon to your liking.  Also, if you're squeamish about the uncooked egg whites, you can actually leave them out, using only the whipped cream  (in this case, increase cream to 2 cups).  It won't come out as cloud-like light, but it will still be fluffy and delicious.  
light as a cloud
As an added bonus, it keeps well for up to four days which is quite handy around busy holidays.
Lemon Mousse

2 whole eggs
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I got this from 4 lemons)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Knox gelatin powder (1/2 packet)
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a large glass or metal bowl, mix together the 2 whole eggs, 4 egg yolks (save 2 of the whites in a separate bowl), sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, Knox and salt.  Place the bowl over a pot with a couple inches of boiling water in it.  Keep the water at a boil, but do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.  Stir constantly until mixture starts to thicken (takes approx. 15 minutes).  
Set aside to cool.  At this step, what you've got is lemon curd.  It could be used between cake layers, on scones, biscuits or as a pudding.  Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the pudding, so it doesn't form a skin.  Refrigerate 2 hours or until completely cooled.

In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff.  Fold into cooled lemon curd.  In a medium bowl, whip the 1 1/2 cups of cream with 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar until you get stiff peaks.  Fold cream into the lemon mixture.  Now spoon into a soufflé dish, or individual glasses.  Serve cold with sweetened whipped cream (last 3 ingredients whipped together).  Serves 8.  It will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator, but if you store it, be sure to wait to decorate it with whipped cream until close to serving time.


leslie (crookedstamper) said...

This wouldn't keep in MY refrigerator for that long. Sounds YUMMY!

Kayte said...

You are forgiven for blog neglect, this lemon mousse just wiped the slate clean! lol This looks fabulous! This looks fabulous! (Oh, I already said that.) This looks fabulous!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow this mousse looks amazing happy easter

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

@Leslie: Once we bust into it - it doesn't last, but it was handy to be able to make it Friday since I had to work on Saturday and serve it on Sunday fresh as a daisy :-).

@Kayte: Thank you, I feel so much better now. You're funny.

@Happy Easter to you too! Thanks!

Di said...

Mmm. That looks so good!

I was going to send Kayte over here to check this out, since she loves everything lemon, but she's already been here. =)

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

That looks beautiful!

Kimby said...

There's been a lot of blog neglect going around these days -- don't feel bad -- must be the weather!

Your garden looks lovely, and so does this mousse!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

@Di: Thanks, hope you had a nice Easter...(love those little bug cakes)
@Jen: Kind of you, thanks a bunch (and your chicken sausage looks great!)
@Kimby: Ok, you made me feel better...and hey! love the windchimes photo on your last post.

Anna Johnston said...

I just love lemons, and this recipe sounds lovely. Lemon are an under rated fruit, thanks for sharing. Yummy!

minal said...

This is a nice recipe, moreover the tip for using cream instead of egg white is welcoming.

Anonymous said...

Yer looks amazing I tried to make lemon mousse but it just won't set for some reason do u know why

Anonymous said...

My lemon mousse won't set do u know why

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Did you use this recipe? I've made it several times and it always comes out good. the only thing I could think is if the gelatin was not fully dissolved, or if the whipping cream and egg whites were not whipped thick enough. Good luck with it.