Friday, May 08, 2009

Spring Decadence

It's Friday, so eat something that makes you happy. In my case, it's this—a lemon-curd trifle. Anything with lemon curd is magnificent, but this combination of stuff is wonderful. I actually made it for Easter but didn't get around to sharing it until today.

I modified a recipe for lemon and white chocolate mousse parfaits and constructed the ingredients in a trifle dish using a pound cake in the layers. Yummy—there's nothing like lemon curd, except maybe lime curd

Here is the recipe as it's written.

Lemon and White Chocolate Mousse Parfaits
Makes 8 (or one trifle)

5 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup plus 2 2/3 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
1 3.5-ounce bar high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), finely chopped
5 cups sliced hulled strawberries (about 2 pounds)

Whisk egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and salt in medium metal bowl to blend. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water. Whisk until mixture is very thick and thermometer inserted into center registers 160°F to 170°F, about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from over water. Cool lemon mousse base to room temperature.

Combine 1/4 cup cream and white chocolate in another medium metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir constantly until chocolate is soft and almost melted. Remove bowl from over water and stir until white chocolate is melted and smooth. Cool white chocolate mousse base to room temperature.

Beat remaining 2 2/3 cups cream in large bowl until firm peaks form. Divide whipped cream between both mousse bases, folding in 1 cup at a time (about 3 cups for each).

Layer scant 1/4 cup lemon mousse in each of 8 parfait glasses or wineglasses; top with 2 tablespoons strawberries. Layer scant 1/4 cup white chocolate mousse over strawberries. Repeat layering 1 more time. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. Cover and chill remaining strawberries.

Spoon strawberries over top of each parfait, if desired, and serve.

from Bon Appétit April 2009


MmeBenaut said...

Oh my! I could just eat spoonful after spoonful of that delicious concoction Robyn. Yummy!

Kyle @ Sift said...

Did you eat the whole thing?

lynn said...

Oh goodness I could eat that right now! How delicous it all sounds. More! More recipes Robyn!

Magpie said...

MMM- My first boyfriends grandmother used to make it and pour it over hot ginger bread.. She was from England-precious Mildred!