Dessert

Lemon Velvet – An Awesome 3 Ingredient Lemon Mousse

September 17, 2014 (Last Updated: June 22, 2016)

Every family has it’s go to recipes, the ones with a totally retro vibe that make a steady appearance at dinner after dinner, but somehow never get boring. For some it is a classic cake or a kheer, but in my family that dessert is Lemon Velvet and the best way I can describe it is as an eggless lemon mousse. It is sweet, tart and utterly luscious. Like most things I like to make it is also a cinch to pull together and can be used in many ways.

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We usually served lemon velvet in a square or rectangular dish, layered with salty buttery Tuc biscuits, stabilized with two spoons of dissolved gelatin and cut in to squares for serving. These days I love prettying it up by serving it in glasses and adding some attitude with crushed gingersnaps. You can also layer it with fruit, spread over meringue, use it as a tart filling – the possibilities are endless.

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(between you and me, it’s yummiest licked of the spatula … shhhh)

Lemon Velvet

1 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup lemon juice
300ml condensed milk
A few drops of yellow food coloring (entirely optional)

1 to 2 cups crushed gingersnaps (amount depends on serving dish – I used a little over 1)

Whip the cream till stiff peaks form and set aside. Beat the condensed milk for 5-6 minutes until it gets even thicker and a little fluffier looking, add in the lemon juice, food coloring (if using) and gently fold in the whipped cream. Taste, adjust lemon juice if necessary. That’s it, you’re done. Pile it in a bowl, top with some fruit and you have pretty and flavorful dessert.

Lemon Velvet w Gingersnap Crumble

If you want to fill glasses like I did then alternate layers of gingersnap crumbs (heaped spoon) with the lemon velvet cream and top with blueberries. The neatest way to fill the glasses is to use a piping bag for the cream and tap after adding each layer so that it settles well. Makes 14-16 glasses.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Sathya
    September 17, 2014 at

    That’s it?? I’m going definitely try this and redeem myself in my son’s eyes! Sounds easy and it was delicious!

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      sarahjmir
      September 17, 2014 at

      haha yes that’s it!!! thanks and good luck 🙂

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    Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried
    September 17, 2014 at

    Mmm…

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    Dimple@shivaaydelights
    September 17, 2014 at

    Oh my!!! 🙂

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    Farah.F
    September 18, 2014 at

    This sounds delish. I can totally imagine the flavors gelling so well together. YUM.

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    Faaiza.O
    September 18, 2014 at

    These look delicious.

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      sarahjmir
      September 18, 2014 at

      Why thank you Faaiza – btw your milk tart rocks. I can’t believe I forgot to tell you!!!!

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    MyNinjaNaan
    September 18, 2014 at

    What an awesome quick recipe to have up your sleeve! I bet this would be amazing as a filling in a fruit tart/pizza 😀

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      sarahjmir
      September 18, 2014 at

      I can literally taste it right now and yes it definitely would. lol

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    mehrunnisa yusuf (@comeconella)
    September 18, 2014 at

    bookmarking this! i am certain the husband will love it.

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      sarahjmir
      September 18, 2014 at

      Yay! let me know how it goes 🙂

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    My Kitchen Moments
    September 18, 2014 at

    mm.. delicious!!

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    spiceinthecity
    September 18, 2014 at

    Love this idea, must taste so rich yet refreshing!

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      sarahjmir
      September 18, 2014 at

      That’s actually the perfect description – I may steal it if I do a similar post again hehe

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    Namrata
    September 22, 2014 at

    u make it look so easy! and not to forget – so yummy.

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    Traditionally Modern Food
    September 25, 2014 at

    Woe it looks dangerously easy and delicious.. Will try it soon

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    MyNinjaNaan
    February 3, 2017 at

    Just made this… SO good! I bought small disposable dessert glasses and holy moly! What a presentation!

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      sarahjmir@gmail.com
      February 13, 2017 at

      How did I miss this!! I am so happy to hear it worked out well!

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    Asma Sheikh
    July 27, 2019 at

    Looks absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Can one add a soft sponge plain cake and layer it over?

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      sarahjmir@gmail.com
      August 2, 2019 at

      Hi Asma! So sorry about not seeing this on here sooner – you definitely can!

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    Sana
    August 23, 2020 at

    Absolutely delicious! I was tight on time and just threw this together in 10 mins…thanks so much for a quick and impressive dessert!

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      sarahjmir@gmail.com
      August 29, 2020 at

      So glad it worked for you! Thank you for your comment!

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