Strawberries and lemons are a match made in heaven. I discovered this a few years ago when I added lemon zest to my annual batch of strawberry freezer jam. My annual jam went from good to Oh-My-Gosh Delicious!
When we lived in Oregon and my kids were little I would load them all in the mini van in the spring- if the weather was nice – and we would head out to a U-pick strawberry patch. Oh how I miss those days! I don’t think the strawberry growers made much money on us, because the Kelly kids can eat their weight in strawberries, let me tell you. Dirt and all, right off the plant – it was pick one, eat three!
Lemon really brightens and wakes up strawberry flavor. And now that we are approaching strawberry season, I am looking forward to making all my strawberry dishes with a little lemon zest for zing.
Take this strawberry mousse recipe, for example. Sure, it’s good with just a creamy strawberry flavor. But, hey. When you add zest, it really makes this recipe sing!
If you’re serving dessert to a VIP in your life, scoop our some lemon halves and serve it that way. Easy + Flavorful + Pretty = instant Dessert Diva status, I promise!
Happy Spring Meatless Monday, All!
STRAWBERRY LEMON ZEST MOUSSE
1 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Combine strawberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar, lemon zest and salt in blender and let sit 10 minutes. Blend until smooth.
Place 2 tablespoons water and gelatin in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
Place 6 tablespoons sugar and 3 tablespoons of water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer and cook 4 minutes.
Add egg whites to gelatin mixture and whip with mixer until foamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and whip on highest speed until soft peaks. Slowly pour in hot sugar syrup, whippng to stiff peaks.
Whip cream and vanilla until stiff peaks.
Fold egg white mixture into whipped cream. Fold in strawberry mixture.
Spoon into serving dishes and chill 2 hours, or until set.
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