Lemon Curd Mousse

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Lemon Curd Mousse

Lemon Curd Mousse
Servings 8


  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 stick 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream


  • In a heavy saucepan whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar, whisk in the lemon juice and the butter, and cook the mixture over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it just reaches the boiling point. (Do not let the mixture boil.) Strain the curd through a fine sieve set over a bowl, stir in the zest, and let the mixture cool, its surface covered with plastic wrap. Chill the curd, covered, for at least 4 hours or overnight.

    In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the cream until it holds stiff peaks, whisk one fourth of it into the curd to lighten it, and fold in the remaining cream gently but thoroughly. Transfer the mousse to a serving bowl and chill it, covered, overnight. Serve the mousse as an accompaniment to the poached pears.

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