Fresh Lime Mousse
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 1/4 tsp. (1 package) unflavored powdered
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes)
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Prepare an ice bath by partially filling a large bowl or the sink with cold water and ice cubes.
Pour the water into a saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let stand until the gelatin softens and swells, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the granulated sugar, salt, lime zest, lime juice and egg yolks. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and the gelatin melts completely, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Set the saucepan in the ice bath until the mixture is cool to the touch. Remove the pan from the ice bath and let stand at room temperature.
In a large bowl, combine the cream and confectioners' sugar. Using a wire whisk or an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until soft peaks form, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the lime mixture to the cream and, with a rubber spatula, fold together until smooth. Pour the mousse into the prepared ramekins, dividing it evenly.
Refrigerate the mousse until it is cold and firm, 2 to 3 hours. Remove it from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving. To remove the collar, snip the rubber band and gently pull the parchment away from the mousse. Serves 4.
Note: This dish contains egg yolks that may be only partially cooked. They run a risk of being infected with salmonella or other bacteria, which can lead to food poisoning. This risk is of most concern to small children, older people, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system. If you have health and safety concerns, do not consume undercooked eggs.