Lemon Mousse

Lemon Mousse

This might be the perfect spring/summer dessert. It’s light and creamy and full of tart lemon flavor. I found the recipe in a cookbook from the library (the same one where I got this delicious herb flatbread!) and it was a great find. I love the texture of mousse (have you tried this chocolate version? Amazing!), and couldn’t wait to try a lemon flavor. This makes a great make ahead dessert, and its light texture makes it great for a hot summer day, or for a light dessert after a big meal. We served it with some extra whipped cream on top, which balanced the slightly tart flavor perfectly. I’m guessing this will make a frequent appearance at our summer get-togethers!

Lemon Mousse

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Lemon Mousse


4 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
1 cup heavy cream, well chilled


Stir together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Raise heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing with a flexible spatula, into a metal bowl. Cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate until well chilled, 40-45 minutes.

Whisk heavy cream in a metal bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold cream into the chilled lemon mixture. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes (or up to two days) before spooning into dessert cups.

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18 Responses to “Lemon Mousse”

  1. 1

    pookiepantry — June 13, 2011 @ 3:38 am

    Yum. I made a strawberry mousse this weekend that was delicious and summery. I'll have to try your lemon version as well!

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    Victoria (The District Chocoholic) — June 13, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    This *does* sound great for a summer day. Maybe with some blueberry sauce…or some light shortbread (or both)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 13, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    So perfect for summer! I bet it would make a wonderful parfait paired with berries.

  4. 4

    Maria — June 13, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Love this dessert!

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    Kristan — June 13, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    Looks amazing. :)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 13, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    Yum! I love all things lemon. I've never made mousse before but I have been wanting to.

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 13, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    Mousse is one of my favorite desserts, but I often feel that chocolate mousse is too heavy for summer. This is the perfect solution!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — June 13, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    This mouse looks so delicious and perfect for the summer!

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    Taylor — June 14, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    oooh I LOVE lemon desserts, especially in the summer! This looks delicious!

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    Elle — June 14, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    Sp light and beautiful!

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    Tricia — June 15, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    That looks really lovely. I love tart and sweet especially in summer. Great one!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — June 15, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I love lemon desserts. This lemon mousse looks so good and refreshing! :)

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    Tracey — June 15, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Yum, I've been all about lemon desserts for a few months now. Love the simplicity of this recipe!

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    Erin — June 15, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I have never seen lemon mousse before, only chocolate and vanilla – great idea!

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    Paula @ Cookware Cooking — June 15, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    This looks and sounds like a very decadent yet light dessert — perfect for a summer evening! I can't wait to try it!

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    Natalie — June 16, 2011 @ 2:09 am

    mmmm i love lemon desserts lately! will have to try this!

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    Eliana — June 16, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I adore lemons! And this looks like the perfect way to showcase their bright, cheerful flavor.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 22, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    This just looks like a perfect summer dessert!

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