Creamy Lemon Mousse

Creamy Lemon Mousse

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1996

The tangy essence of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest in this light and fluffy mousse will brighten up even the darkest days of the season. Add to the inherent cheeriness of this dessert by serving it with sauce made with frozen summer blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • ⅔ cup plus ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons water, divided
  • Yellow food coloring, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • Lemon slices for garnish


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  1. Bring about 1 inch of water to a simmer in a saucepan. Combine ⅔ cup sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar and 3 tablespoons water in a heatproof mixing bowl large enough to fit over the saucepan. Set the bowl over the barely simmering water and beat with an electric mixer at low speed, moving the beaters around the bowl constantly, until an instant-read thermometer registers 140°F, 3 to 5 minutes. Increase the mixer speed to high and continue beating over the heat a full 3½ minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and beat the meringue until cool, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Place the remaining 3 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl. If using food coloring, add about 3 drops to the water. Sprinkle gelatin over the water and let stand for 2 minutes to soften. Microwave on High, uncovered, until the gelatin has completely dissolved but the liquid is not boiling, 10 to 20 seconds. (Alternatively, bring ½ inch water to a gentle simmer in a small skillet. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture in the simmering water until the gelatin has dissolved completely.) Stir the mixture until smooth.
  3. Combine whole eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining ¼ cup sugar in another heatproof bowl large enough to fit over the saucepan of simmering water. Set the bowl over the barely simmering water and whisk slowly and constantly until the mixture thickens and reaches a temperature of 160°F. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the melted gelatin. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Beat the cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form.
  5. Whisk about one-fourth of the beaten egg whites into the cooled lemon mixture to lighten it. Add the remaining whites and use a whisk to incorporate them with a folding motion. Fold in the whipped cream with a rubber spatula.
  6. Divide the mousse among 6 dessert dishes or stemmed glasses. Cover loosely and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. Garnish with lemon slices before serving.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 188 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 73 mg cholesterol; 32 g sugars; 193 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 21 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 56 mg sodium; 124 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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