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Feb 23, 2011 08:23 AM

light dessert needed

I'm making a fairly heavy meal for a dinner party and would like a nice, light dessert at the end. Any ideas? I love lemon mousse, but I haven't checked recipes yet and am assuming it is made with cream.
thanks for any ideas.

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  1. What about a lemon tart, made with curd, instead of mousse? Unless you don't want to trade the cream in mousse for the butter in pastry :-)

      1. How about a pavlova? Nice crispy meringue, topped with whipped cream, fresh fruit and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            Second a pavlova. It's pretty, is so simple to make, impressive looking if it's tall and it can highlight delicious fruit. Be sure to allow enough time for it to bake and cool!

          2. Peel and slice some oranges, arrange on a plate. Drizzle with cointreau or rum. Make a caramel, drizzle on top lightly. Don't refrigerate, make only a few hours before serving.

            1. This lemon budino roughly replicates a mousse but is much lighter. Plus, the individual servings are elegant. I have made them in advance with great success, and without using meyers, just regular.


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              1. re: katecm

                That looks lovely. Did you bake them in advance, or just prepare the egg mixtures in advance and fold together before baking? I'm considering making these for a dinner party on Sunday, to end a rather heavy Pakistani banquet

                1. re: tavegyl

                  I baked them in advance. They hold fine and you don't have to worry about the eggs falling. I've never had them lose shape, and have served them both warm and cold. I found them more refreshing cold, more like a souffle warm.