Little Lemon Mousse Tarts with Blueberries
Servings: Makes 4 (4-inch) tarts
For The Lemon Mousse:
Grated zest and juice of 3 lemons (or to taste)
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
For The Tart Shells:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed
Mint sprigs, optional
Lemon zest, optional
For The Lemon Mousse:
In a non-reactive bowl* (see note below), whisk together the lemon
zest, juice, egg yolks and sugar. Place over simmering water in a
double boiler and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is
firm and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool, cover
with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
To Prepare the Tart Shells:
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, salt and sugar with
a pastry blender or process in a food processor. Add a few
tablespoons of cold water just to bind the dough. Shape into a disc
and cut the dough into quarters. Wrap in plastic wrap and
refrigerate 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each dough quarter and
press into a 4-inch tart pan. Poke holes in the bottom with a fork.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the
oven and cool.
Meanwhile, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the
lemon mixture. Spread the mixture into the cooled tart shells and
top with blueberries. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs and lemon
Makes 4 (4-inch) individual tarts.
Non-reative Bowls or Cookware:
Non-reactive cookware is anything made of a material that does not
react chemically to food cooked in it. Stainless steel is the most
common material used to make non-reactive cookware.
Cookware made of aluminum, cast iron or copper can react with acidic
foods such as tomatoes, lemons, vinegar, giving them a metallic
taste; if cooked long enough, it will discolor the food as well.
Other foods can be cooked in pans made of these materials without
Most better quality aluminum and copper pots and pans are lined with
stainless steel to make them nonreactive. You can also purchase
aluminum cookware that has been anodized. This process changes the
chemical makeup and makes the surface almost (but not completely)
non-reactive. When in doubt, however, stick with stainless steel and
avoid any adverse reaction entirely.