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Lemon Mousse w/ Strawberries

Love lemon?  Today, I’m sharing this super yummy recipe for Lemon Mousse with Strawberries.  Makes a perfect light dessert for Spring and bonus:  if you’re eating low carb / sugar free (just sub your favorite cup for cup sweetener) it’s a perfect sweet treat to help you stay on track!

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Lemon Mousse w/ Strawberries

I sent my hubby to the store recently and one of the items on my list was lemons.  I requested “a couple” of lemons.  Now, I realize the term, a couple, is up for interpretation.  But really?  I expected him to bring home three or 4 lemons at the most, not a huge bag of 20 lemons, lol.  

I’ve been married to this guy for 17 years, so I probably should have known his view of “a couple” is slightly higher than mine.  Especially since this happens on a very frequent occasion!  (Like here and here.)

Lemon Mousse

Best Lemon Mousse Recipe to use up all those Lemons!

All’s well that ends well- and now, I’m kinda glad he brought home that huge bag of lemons.  It gave me the opportunity to make a few of my favorite lemon recipes, including this lemon mousse!  

It turned out so yummy- tart, sweet and light.  The kids were raving over it!  I’ve even been told my  Lemon Mousse recipe tastes like Limoncello Mousse dessert from the Olive Garden.

Can I make this Lemon Mousse Recipe Sugar Free?

Yes!  This Lemon Mousse Recipe is a perfect lemon dessert if you are low carbing or need sugar free options. This recipe works wonderfully using a cup-for-cup sugar substitute.  I do recommend Swerve sweetener as a sugar alternative.  I think it is great in place of regular sugar. (I used it in my Low Carb Strawberry Cheesecake recipe and no one could tell the difference.) 

Of course, if you are going low carb, you’ll want to leave out the graham crackers!

What Exactly is a Mousse Anyway?

A mousse is not always a dessert as they can be sweet or savory. (Like this Salmon Mousse.) Dessert mousses are usually made with eggs and whipped cream some type of other ingredient for flavoring. (Like this decadently Delicious Chocolate Mousse.) Mousse can be served as a dessert or topping, used as a cake filling or even a dip.

What is the difference between a Mousse and Pudding?

The main difference between mousse and pudding is that mousse is usually lighter due to it being a mixture of whipped cream and a more concentrated base. (like mixing lemon curd or melted chocolate into whipped cream. In more traditional mousse recipes raw eggs are often used. (No raw eggs are served in this lemon mousse recipe.) 

Ingredients in this Lemon Mousse Recipe:

If you’re heading to the store, these are the ingredients to add to your list:

  • sugar
  • 5 to 6 lemons
  • 8 eggs
  • strawberries 
  • heavy whipping cream

If you want a graham cracker crust, also add:

  • graham cracker or graham cracker crumbs
  • butter

How to make Lemon Mousse:

To make this Lemon mousse, you are basically making a lemon curd minus the butter and then folding the curd into the butter. It is amazing with the addition of the graham cracker crumble and then topped with sweet strawberries.

lemon mousse with strawberries

Lemon Mousse w/ Strawberries

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Lemon Mousse w/ Strawberries

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes plus cooling time
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stovetop

Description

This delicious Lemon Mousse is both sweet and tart and makes a perfect cool and light dessert for Spring or Summer.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 8 egg yolks
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 8 to 10 strawberries chopped, plus more for garnish (I suggest using even more, the strawberries were so yummy!)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 3/4 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, 8 egg yolks and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Whisk to combine.
  2. Over medium heat, stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Cook until mixture is thick enough to coat back of wooden spoon, about 7 minutes.
  4. Place lemon mixture in fridge and chill until cool, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs and butter until well combined.
  6. Using electric mixer, beat heavy cream in medium bowl until medium peaks form.
  7. Gently fold whipped cream into lemon mixture until well combined.
  8. Divide graham cracker mixture between 8 serving dishes.  Top with chopped strawberries and sprinkle strawberries with a bit of sugar.  (Don’t be shy with the amount of strawberries , they taste so yummy with the lemon mousse.  I would have used more, but my strawberry bandit had hit again!)

Keywords: lemon

Enjoy!

Are you a lemon fan too?  I have quite a few dishes featuring lemon (see them all here.)
Here are just a couple of my faves:

Lemon Cheesecake Pie

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon Blueberry Mug Cake

Blueberry Lemon Mug Cake for 2.

 

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12 Comments

  1. I’m concerned the mousse will taste eggy, am I right or wrong?

  2. yum! we loved this. It tastes like the Limoncello mousse dolcini dessert from the Olive Garden!

  3. Just made this today cause I was craving Olive Garden’s Limoncello Dolcini and this tasted the same and probably even better! I love the tartness and semi sweetness! Where did you get those serving cups?

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! I am almost certain those little serving cups came from Walmart.
      Jamie

  4. This looks perfect for these warmer days! Thank you for joining us at Freedom Fridays! Pinned and scheduled a Facebook share! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. This looks so yummy, I wish the rest of my tribe loved lemon as much as I do!! Thanks for sharing I think I'll just have to make this for myself haha!! — Romany

  6. A lovely light and surely delish dessert. I'm hopping over from the Lou Lou girls today. Pinned to my just desserts board xo

  7. I'm giggling right now, because I had the same conversation recently and our result was a couple is 2, a few is 3-4 and several is at least 5-6, after 10 years we had to get on the same page.

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