Easy Lemon Mousse – Tastes Better From Scratch


Light and fluffy Lemon Mousse is easy to make and delicious, made with cream, lemon, sugar and eggs. It’s an elegant stand alone dessert that can be made ahead.

Lemon Mousse served in cups, topped with whipped cream.

After a nice dinner, especially if you have guests over, I love the simplicity of a homemade mousse or pudding, served with fresh berries on top. I love that you can make it a day or more in advance, saving on prep time. If you really want to take it next level, serve it with this Berry Cake.

How to Make Lemon Mousse:

  • Fill a large saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • In a large heat-proof bowl, whisk together the 3 whole eggs, 3 egg yolks, 1 cup sugar, the lemon zest, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Place the bowl over the pan of simmering water and cook, stirring constantly for about 10-15 minutes, until mixture starts to thicken slightly.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes. Pour into a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture.
Egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a bowl, then cooked over a bowl of simmering water.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 – 2 hours or until completely chilled.
  • Place the 3 remaining egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat on high speed for 1 minute. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to beat until the whites are stiff. Carefully fold the beaten whites into the cold lemon mixture.
  • Place the cream in a bowl and beat on high speed until stiff peaks. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the lemon mixture.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve cold. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Eggs whites beaten in a bowl and then folded into lemon mousse.

Serving Ideas:

  • Enjoy topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.
  • Use as a mousse filling in a cake, like my Berry Cake.
  • Add to a Fruit Trifle dessert.
Lemon mousse served in clear glass cups.

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Lemon Mousse served in cups, topped with whipped cream.

Lemon Mousse

Light and fluffy Lemon Mousse is easy to make and delicious, made with cream, lemon, sugar and eggs. It’s an elegant stand alone dessert that can be made ahead.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Cooling time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 3 cups

Calories: 675kcal

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Instructions

  • Fill a large saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  • In a large heat-proof bowl, whisk together 3 whole eggs, 3 egg yolks (reserve the whites in a separate bowl), 1 cup sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. 

  • Place the bowl over the pan of simmering water and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 15 minutes, or until mixture thickens slightly.

  • Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes. Pour into a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate for at least 1 – 2 hours or until completely chilled.

  • Place the 3 remaining egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat on high speed for 1 minute. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to beat until the whites are stiff. Carefully fold the beaten whites into the cold lemon mixture.

  • Add the cream to a bowl and beat on high speed until stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the lemon mixture.

  • Chill for at least 30 minutes and serve cold. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 458mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 231mg | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1675IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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I originally shared this recipe May 2016. Updated April 2021.





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