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Lime Mousse

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Our tart and buttery Lime Mousse was one of the store’s most popular desserts for years. Team it with our chocolate brownies for a sensational dessert. For variations, substitute fresh lemon or orange for the lime.

8 portions

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, tea

Moodfestive, romantic

Taste and Texturebuttery, fruity, light, rich, sweet, tangy, tart

Type of Dishdessert, pudding

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice (6 or 7 limes)
  • Grated zest of 5 limes
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled

Instructions

Melt the butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water.

Beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl until light and foamy. Add the mixture to the melted butter. Cook gently, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes a custard, about 8 minutes. Do not overcook or the eggs will scramble.

Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the lime juice and grated zest. Cool to room temperature.

This step is unorthodox but crucial. Using an electric mixer, whip the chilled cream until very stiff, almost, but not quite, to the point where it would become butter.

Stir the lime custard into the whipped cream until just incorporated. Pour into 8 individual serving glasses or a serving bowl. Chill for at least 4 hours.

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