Saturday, April 20, 2013

Simple Lemon Pudding with Cheesecake Mousse & Graham Cracker Sprinkles


I cannot even begin to tell you how easy this dessert is to make! Everyone in the house raved about it. From start to finish, it took about 1 1/2 hour to prepare, refrigerate and assemble. Keep in mind that 60 minutes of that was refrigeration time :-) 

This week I found some gorgeous large yellow lemons at the store and wanted to use them to make something delicious! When I got home, I looked in my baking cupboard to see what I already had on hand. I originally wanted to make a lemon meringue pie, but was trying to think up a dessert that was less fattening. The lemon pudding and meringue alone is low in fat, but after you add in the pie crust the fat and calories skyrocket, so I decided to try something new a make a crustless lemon meringue dessert.

The end result was cool and creamy with just the right amount of sweet and tart! This lemon treat would also make a fabulous frozen dessert if layered in paper cups and frozen. You could place a stick in the cups and serve them as frozen lemon meringue pie pops. Sooo quick and so delicious. Enjoy!

Graham Cracker Crumbles:

1-9 oz graham cracker crust pie shell



Take one pre-made graham cracker crust and place in a gallon sized zip bag. Gently crumble with hands and set aside. 


Lemon Pudding:

Ingredients:

2- 3.4 oz instant lemon pudding mixes



Directions:

Make according to package directions. Place in container and refrigerate for 1 hour.



Cheesecake Mousse Topping:

Ingredients:

2-8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3-1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice, adjust to taste

2-3 tbsp lemon zest, adjust to taste
8 oz whipped topping

Directions:



In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese and sugar to mixer bowl and beat at medium speed about 1 minute. 

Gradually pour in lemon juice and continue to beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until fluffy. 




Add lemon zest. Fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate for 1 hour. 



To assemble dessert, start by sprinkling 2 tbsp of graham cracker crumbles in the bottom of a ramekin. 



Next, add in a large dollop of lemon pudding and another layer of graham cracker crumbles.





Add one more layer of pudding followed by a large dollop of lemon cheesecake mousse. 



Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles and garnish with mint sprig and grated lemon zest. You could also toss on a few blueberries for additional yumminess. Enjoy!