Meyer lemon mousse with candied lemon peels A delicious and elegant lemon dessert. Great for dinner parties!

Meyer lemon mousse with candied lemon peels

Treat your taste buds to this light, tangy lemon mousse…

This Meyer lemon mousse is the kind of dessert that will make your taste buds come alive – full of delicious tanginess, dreamily aromatic and as light as a cloud. The base for the mousse is a lemony egg custard. It’s the only part of the recipe that demands a bit of work – the rest is easy as pie!

… and for a gorgeous presentation, serve in martini glasses!

Served in wine or martini glasses and topped with tangy candied lemon peels, this mousse makes a most delicious and elegant dessert.

You can purchase Meyer lemons in better food stores like Whole Foods, at your local farmers’ market (if you’re lucky enough to live in California or Florida!) or online at They sell regular and organic Meyer lemons.

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Candied Meyer lemon peels

Meyer lemon mousse with candied lemon peels

serves 6
active time: 40 min

  1. 3 extra large eggs
  2. 2 extra large egg yolks (reserve egg whites)
  3. 1/2 cup organic sugar
  4. pinch sea salt
  5. 1 tablespoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest (use a microplane grater)
  6. 3/4 cup Meyer lemon juice (or 1/2 cup regular lemon juice)
  7. 3/4 cup heavy cream – whipped
  8. 2 extra large egg whites (reserved from above)
  9. 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  1. 3/4 cup candied Meyer lemon peels – cut in 1/4″ pieces

  1. Step 1:camera icon Place the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip at high speed until the mixture is pale and thick. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and continue whipping at high speed until well blended, another minute. Transfer to a large metal bowl.
  2. Step 2:camera icon Fill a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes and set aside. Bring water to a boil in a deep saucepan. Once the water is boiling, reduce heat so that you have a good simmer, but not a full boil. Set the bowl with the egg/lemon mixture above the simmering water. There should be a couple of inches of space between the water and the bottom of the bowl. Whisk vigorously and continuously until the mixture becomes thick and ribbony and the eggs are set. The mixture will have the consistency of a custard – this should take about 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and dip the bowl in the ice water bath. Continue whisking until the custard has completely cooled.
  3. Step 3:camera icon Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip at medium speed until frothy. Add the sugar and continue to whip at high speed until soft peaks form. With a silicone spatula, fold the whipped cream into the egg/lemon custard until just incorporated. Then very gently fold the egg whites in until just incorporated. Spoon the mousse into 6 tumblers, or wine or martini glasses, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day (the mousse will tend to separate if refrigerated for a longer time). To serve, remove the mousse from the refrigerator 10 minutes before serving. Top each mousse with a few candied lemon peels and serve immediately.

Meyer lemon mousse with raspberries

Viviane’s tip
  1. Don’t have the time to make lemon peels? Fresh raspberries make a quick, delicious and colorful garnish for the mousse.

Meyer lemon mousse with candied lemon peels

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  • Reply Simon Bellerose December 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Hi! I love the mousse! What is the conservation time of the mousse?

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre December 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      Hi Simon! I’m so glad you like this mousse and I hope you get to make it. Take a quick look at “Step 3” of the recipe. I explain how long you should keep the mousse in the refrigerator. This mousse is best eaten the day it’s made… or the day after. Happy cooking!

  • Reply Pattie September 12, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Loved the lemon mousse! Wondered where I could get those beautiful glasses to serve it in?

  • Reply mjskitchen March 19, 2015 at 2:09 am

    You’re right – what a beautiful presentation and awesome mousse! So lemony, creamy and smooth and then the chewiness of the candies.

  • Reply Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 13, 2015 at 12:35 am

    A really great dessert, satisfying but not too sweet. And I just adore any candied peels. Great presentation!

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre March 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Oh… thank you, Evelyne!

  • Reply Deb February 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Lemon desserts are my favorite! What a sparkling way to celebrate the Meyer lemon season!

  • Reply Aimee February 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the candied lemon peels.

  • Reply Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon February 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Sounds delicious and presentation is beautiful.

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