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Strawberry Mousse with Lemon Whipped Cream

Creamy, fresh and lightly sweet, a perfectly lovely spring or summer dessert
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, strawberry
Servings: 8
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Tricia


For the mousse:

  • 2 pounds strawberries plus more for garnish (about 1 cup chopped)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar divided
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1 package)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cut into 8 pieces, at room temperature
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

For the lemon whipped cream:

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


To prepare the mousse:

  • Clean 2 pounds of strawberries and remove the hulls. You should have about 1 ¾ pounds.
  • Process ½ of the strawberries in a food processor until most pieces are ¼ to ½ inch thick. This takes about 10 short pulses. Remoe the strawberries to a medium mixing bowl. Repeat with the remaining strawberries. Be careful not to over-process.
  • Toss the processed strawberries with ¼ cup of sugar and a pinch of salt. Cover and allow the strawberries to rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Don’t wash the food processor yet – you’ll need it again in a minute.
  • Strain the strawberries through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. You should have about ¾ cup of juice. Remove 3 tablespoons of the juice into a small bowl. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin on top and let it rest for 5 minutes. Place the remaining juice in a small saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat and cook until the juice is reduced to about 3 tablespoons. This takes about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the softened gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Pour the gelatin mixture to a large bowl and add the cream cheese. Whisk until the cream cheese is fully incorporated.
  • While the juice is cooking down, take the strained strawberries back to the food processor and pulse until smooth. Strain through the fine mesh sieve using a spoon to press the solids and extract all the juice. Once all the pulp and juice is extracted, discard the seeds and solids. Add the strawberry puree into the bowl with the gelatin and cream cheese mixture. Whisk until smooth.
  • In a clean bowl, beat ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add ¼ cup of sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Gently whisk the whipped cream into the strawberry mixture until fully incorporated. Divide the strawberry mousse into serving dishes or stemware. Cover with a small piece of plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Garnish with diced strawberries and lemon whipped cream.

To prepare the lemon whipped cream:

  • Pour the whipped cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip the cream on medium-low until foamy. Add the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whip on medium-high until soft peaks form. Serve with the strawberry mousse.


(recipe adapted from the May/June 2014 Edition of Cook’s Illustrated)
Nutritional information is estimated and may vary depending on the products used


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 642IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg