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Meyer Lemon Mousse

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Serves 4


This easy mousse is a great way to let any citrus fruit shine, but it’s particularly delicious with Meyer lemons or blood oranges.



1 Tbsp. lemon zest and ¼ cup lemon juice (from about 4 lemons, preferably Meyer lemons)
cups heavy cream
1 cup yogurt or sour cream, preferably made from whole milk
cup sweetened condensed milk
½ tsp. vanilla


~ Pistachios, finely chopped
~ Fresh berries
~ Fresh mint leaves


  1. Combine lemon juice, cream, yogurt or sour cream, condensed milk, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until the cream foams and forms soft peaks when you turn off the mixer and lift the whisk.
  2. Stir in the lemon zest with a spatula and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  3. Scoop into bowls and serve with the garnish of your choice.


Total (a Greek brand of yogurt made by the Fage Company) is the best option for this dessert. It’s available at most supermarkets, but if you can’t find it, substitute sour cream instead.

If you’re wondering what to do with your extra lemons, read Helen Rennie’s column on how to use citrus.

This content is from the Helen Rennie collection.

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100% recommend this recipe
1. by anonymous on Dec 31, 2007 at 3:03 PM PST

I made this to fill chocolate dessert cups with. The lemon is outstanding, the citrus really does shine through. So I thought I would try it with fresh orange juice as well. I’m finding that the OJ doesn’t seem to set up as well.

2. by lisamarie on Mar 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM PST

i will have to out Culinate in commenting that this recipe was posted a few years ago, and I am so thankful for that! It has become my mother’s day tradition. Always phenomenal and always a crowd pleaser. I usually serve mine with homemade shortbread!

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