Mother’s Day was last week and now I finally got time to post my Mother’s Day dessert.
I have been searching for something nice, yummy and fresh for a long time that was worth trying out.
Then I found this awesome recipe by Zoe Francois, she is such an inspiration and posts the best sweet treats ever, and I just knew this recipe had to be good!
Lemon and Lime Mousse, with strawberries. My mom loves strawberries and I just knew: this has to be it!
Seriously, mom loved the heart shaped strawberries…something so simple but with a lovely message!
You can really taste both, fresh lemons and the intense flavor of the limes, such a great combination!
Please read on to see more photos and to get the recipe.
- Prep Time 30 minutes
- Baking Time has to be cooled in refrigerator
- Difficulty Medium
For the Lemon & Lime Mousse:
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup juice (organic lemons and limes)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the strawberries:
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced thin
- 1/4 cup sugar
- recipe calls for 1 to 2 tablespoons orange flavored liqueur but I used a little bit of strawberry syrup (Monin)
- TO MAKE THE MOUSSE, FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
- Before you start, zest the lemon and limes (wash them before you zest them!), then juice them. Keep the zest!
- 1. In a saucepan whisk together 3 eggs, 3 yolks (reserve the 3 egg whites!), 3/4 cup sugar, salt, juice, and zest. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly, until it thickens, about 10 minutes or longer.
- 2. Your lemon curd has to be thick like pudding, then it is done.
- 3. Now press the lemon curd through a very fine mesh strainer. Let it cool, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the lemon curd is cool. I took Zoe’s advice and made this one day ahead.
- 4. Now whip the egg whites and remaining sugar until they reach stiff peaks.
- 5. Add 1/3 of the whites to the cooled lemon curd. Gently fold the remaining whites in.
- 6. Whip your heavy cream with 1 tsp. vanilla extract, again until stiff peaks.
- 7. Fold the whipped cream gently into your lemon mousse…(heaven!).
- 8. Fold just until the cream is smoothly incorporated – and taste it…! I added a little bit more vanilla extract and even a little bit more whipped cream, I love it a little sweeter.
- 9. Place the mousse into a piping bag and fill the jars evenly.
- TO MAKE THE STRAWBERRIES, FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
- 1. Start with very fresh strawberries, cut them into pieces and add as much sugar as you like. But the syrup I added made it sweet so I did not need that much sugar.
- 2. Mix the cut strawberries, sugar and liqueur/syrup in a bowl or pitcher. Let the berries sit for at least 30 minutes, so they release some of their juices. Can be made a couple of hours in advance. I found a couple of bigger strawberries, sliced them thin and used a cookie cutter to cut out hearts – these came on top of the other sliced strawberries in the jars.
- 3. Spoon the strawberries over the mousse, then add a heart shaped strawberry on top and close the jar.
- 4. Serve immediately or refrigerated for several hours.
- 5. Serve cooled and enjoy – thanks Zoe, for this great recipe!!
A couple of more photos for you…
I absolutely adored this dessert, if you have never made lemon curd, try it out, it is SO good and fresh tasting. Just right for summer!!
Have a good week,
Delicious recipe! Once more it is a recipe I will save for a future reference.
Thanks Efty, it is really worth it, try it out :-)
Here in Spain we celebrate Mother’s day first Sunday in may, so it was a week earlier ;) But I was in Paris, I’m afraid I couldn’t do anything for her. Although my mother doesn’t like sweet, never eat dessert, nor add a pinch of sugar in her coffee (no milk neither!!). So she would eat only the fresh strawberries :P
But… I can keep the recipe for myself, it’s perfect!! Very fresh dessert, and I’m a lover of the strawberry or raspberry and any type of citrus combination.
And the presentation in jugs, I really love that!! I have seen some tiramisú an triffles like that, and it’s so nice!!
It has been funny se the Monin syrup, here we have only a little flavours of it, so when I go to Germany or France I buy loooooooooooots of bottles :P If one they the register my suitcase, will think I’m crazy!!
Un beso!!! Have a nice weekend!! ;)
Paula, so happy you commented. I love your comments, it is funny to get to know your mom a little bit, it is hard to understand that a lot of people do not like sweet things (coffee drinkers who drink their coffee just plain black for example) but we all have different tastes, right. So great you’ve been to Paris! Hope it was a fun trip! And yes, the Monin syrup is a winner over here, so many people use it although it is quite expensive.
Mil besos para ti, Paula…!!
Niner, I love these! The heart strawberries are so cute, and I love the whole presentation. I’ll bet your Mom was so happy. xo
Marian, thanks for commenting :-) I am sure you would love the recipe as well..so fresh, so sweet too.
Much love :-)
Hi Niner, beautiful blog, delicious recipe – I may have to make the lemon curd someday – I’m inspired :) Debbie
Thanks Debbie, so glad you stopped by!! The recipe is GREAT, you should really try it out :-)