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Orange-Lime Mousse

Homemade citrus curd -- a mixture of eggs, sugar, butter, and orange and lime juices -- adds tangy flavor to this mousse.

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  • Servings: 4
Orange-Lime Mousse

Photography: David Matheson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May Spring 2004


  • 4 large egg yolks, plus 1 large whole egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, (2 to 3 limes)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lime, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1 navel orange, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons


  1. Make citrus curd. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Cook egg yolks, egg, 3/4 cup sugar, and juices in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly (be sure to reach sides and bottom of pan) until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Whisk in butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Set pan in ice-water bath; whisk until cool, about 5 minutes. Pass curd through a sieve into a medium bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until set, 30 to 45 minutes. Whisk cream and 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form; refrigerate.

  3. Whisk one-third of whipped cream into curd. Gently fold in remaining whipped cream. Divide among serving bowls; refrigerate until ready to serve. Dust with cinnamon; garnish with citrus.

Reviews (1)

  • lbb43081 13 Jun, 2009

    Really delicious. This has become one of my favorite summer dinner party desserts. It's very unique and decadent without taking a lot of work, and it's easy to make earlier in the day, so you're ready to go after dinner.

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