Light Lemon Mousse

"This recipe comes from the Fall 2006 issue of Cooking for 2. It is very light and makes a quick weeknight dessert for 2. The recipe is credited to Joan Jay of Frisco, TX. I use Splenda when making this and it works great."
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  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar or Splenda and cornstarch.
  • Over medium low heat, stir in milk until smooth; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly; remove from heat.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, zest and vanilla.
  • Place the pan in a bowl of ice water and stir for 2 minutes to cool.
  • Fold in whipped topping and food coloring if using; spoon into dessert dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Garnish with additional whipped topping if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Ashleigh M.
    can this be frozen?


  1. Sugar Doll
    Great! I didn't have any whipped topping, so I just made it without, and it ended up tasting like a sweet lemon pudding. Next time I'll do a bit less sugar and even more lemon juice!
  2. echo echo
    I made this with Splenda, omitting the food coloring. I meant to make it last for two meals, but couldn't resist gobbling it up on the spot. Then the next day I was thinking of it all day and wishing I'd saved some, so I ended up making another batch and then gobbling all of that up. Ba-a-ad echo! Goo-oo-ood Paula for such a great dessert.
  3. Annacia
    This was a 1-2-3 tag for a last min Easter dessert. I had made a cake for the gents but then decided that I wanted dessert too, lol. This just hit the spot. It's very light and lemony and the perfect ending to a big holiday meal. Very easy to make. I didn't use the food coloring. Thanks Paula :D
  4. Engrossed
    NICE and Light! I used Splenda, 1% milk, and Cool Whip Lite. I enjoyed it layered in between cake with fresh sliced slrawberries and topped off with lemon curd. Yum! Made for 1-2-3 hit wonders.
  5. MarraMamba
    wow. This is a wonderful mousse, and little to no fat. (when i look at the details of the nutrition i think they took it as regular whipped topping not light) Fast and easy to make, the only change i made was an extra tbs of lemon juice.


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