Meyer Lemon Curd Mousse

Use this recipe to make our Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake. Meyer lemons are ideal for this recipe because they aren't too tart. If they aren't available, you can substitute regular lemons, but you may need to add more sugar to taste.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 3/4 cups
Meyer Lemon Curd Mousse

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (from one 1/4-ounce envelope)
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 4 large eggs plus 6 large yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely grated Meyer lemon zest (from 2 lemons), plus 3/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (from 5 to 6 lemons)
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Directions

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Whisk together eggs and yolks in a heavy small saucepan. Whisk in sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Cook, whisking constantly, over medium-low heat, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Remove pan from heat; add gelatin, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves and mixture is slightly cool. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, stirring after each addition, until smooth.

  4. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to remove as much curd as possible; discard any undissolved bits of gelatin and egg. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto surface of curd to prevent a skin from forming, and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir curd, and gently fold in whipped cream. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir before using.

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