LEMON mousse frozen PIE no bake

Creamy smoothness experienced in every sweet and
tangy bite from this cool mousse decadence.

The person, I suspect will be mostly pleased about this
refreshing dessert will be none other than my Mommy.
This is, her favourite no-bake lemon pie.
She considers this one to be absolutely divine.
Why I cherish this unique citrus fruit so much? 
At first, the vivid colors alone impart an invaluable burst of aesthetic pleasure.
Lemons evoke a type of innocence found on children’s faces
when selling their fresh lemonades at the curb.
Yes, I was that child as well.  Were you?

A few cents a glass went a long way to buying me
a small piece of pride and satisfaction.
Everyone around me had a happy face...
hence, the yellow color on ‘smileys’ ?

The different levels of sharpness will give way to an alluring infusion
of flavours and aromas that will go a long way to enhancing any recipe.

I also appreciate the fact that the lemon’s tartness acts as a great salt substitute.
This asset alone has reduced my salt intake...leading towards healthier habits.

The lemon makes my kitchen come alive.
I'll even plop the skins into boiling water...
as it sprays its fragrance throughout my home.
This is truly handy...especially when less
desirable odours linger from say...fish meals.

Oh...here, I go again...I digress...
back to lemons and dessert.

The tantalizing lemon happens to be one of
my top ten ingredients to have on hand.

Not only does it pack tons of immune system building
antioxidants and a huge dosage of Vitamin-C...
I do believe it is the most versatile of all citrus.

The Italians...actually more precisely the Sicilians...
are the ones most blessed with an abundance of wonderful lemons year round.
They are also responsible for the largest quantity of lemon fruit export.
The United States along with Argentina, Chile, Greece, Israel, Spain and Turkey
also contribute grandly to the production of this widely consumed citrus.

Lemons were originally developed as a cross between the lime and the citron and are thought to have originated in China or India, having been cultivated in these regions for about 2,500 years. Their first introduction to Europe was by Arabs who brought them to Spain in the 11th century around the same time that they were introduced into Northern Africa. The Crusaders, who found the fruit growing in Palestine, are credited with bringing the lemon to other countries across Europe. Like many other fruits and vegetables, lemons were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in his second voyage to the New World in 1493, and have been grown in Florida since the 16th century. Ref: WholeFoods--Photo: foodloversodyssey.typepad.com

The most common textured skinned lemon and usually found year round is the
'Eureka' variety which has a few seeds and very juicy while slightly more acidic.
The second most used is the 'Lisbon' lemon which is slightly
smaller, smoother skinned and has practically no seeds.

Then, there’s the pricier and most apparently desired sweeter 'Meyer' lemon which is the least commonly commercially produced due to its lower shipping survival. Therefore, not always easily found in stores. This situation is slowly changing due to higher consumer demand.

The 'Meyer' lemon is a hybrid cross between a mandarin orange and a sour lemon along with owning a very pleasant floral aroma. The small downside to the Meyer lemon however, is that it's not popular for its abundance of lemon oil usually captured by the lemon zest.

Here I am under a 'Meyer' lemon tree...
an incredibly memorable aromatic moment
while in Bastia, Corsica, France.

Did you know that the Meyer lemon tree is commonly grown as a dwarf variety and perfectly suitable to grow in container pots?

Like most, I do not necessarily have access 'Meyer' lemons, therefore, I make sure to buy the freshest, heaviest and most aromatic lemons possible.

In the meantime, thankfully...the ‘Sicilian’ lemon shares many similarities with the 'Meyer' lemon...and can in my opinion be used as a suitable substitute. This lemon too is unfortunately not sold everywhere. Happy hunting;)

Also, keep in mind the incredible versatility of this recipe.
It can be quickly adaptable towards other citrus.
For example, if using Lime...make sure to diminish
the sweetness slightly to your desired taste.
Kumquats and pink Grapefruits can also be used
as a very interesting twist to this frozen citrus mousse...
you just may have to increase the sweetness content by 25%.

LEMON mousse frozen PIE
...no bake
serves 8

(American / Metric measures)
. 1 cup (90g) graham cookie crumbs
(reserve a few spoons for garnish)
. 3 Tbsps. (45ml) unsalted butter, melted
. 3 Tbsps. (45ml) sugar (agave nectar, maple syrup or honey can also be used)
. 1 tsp. (5ml) pure Vanilla extract
...FILLING: Lemon mousse
. 1 cup (250ml) whipping cream 35%
. 3 large eggs, separated
. 1/2 cup (110g) granulated sugar (or 1/3 cup (80ml) agave nectar can also be used)
. 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice (1 medium lemon)

* Replace with cereal flakes: measure 2 -1/2 cups of cereal to get 1-1/2 cups /135g)

Tips about lemons:
. Always choose lemons that are completely yellow. Those not fully ripened with green tinges will be more acidic and should be avoided.
. You can keep very fresh lemons in a cool, dark place for about a week before having to refrigerate them.  Afterwards, place them into a plastic bag and loosely package them in order for them not to dry out when they're placed in the refrigerator.
. When figuring out how many lemons to use...calculate about 1 medium size lemon which will yield about 4 Tbsps. (60ml) of lemon juice.
. To extract more juice out of the lemon, make sure that it has reached room temperature and then plop it into a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

9" (20cm) glass pie plate
Prepare a lightly oiled pie plate and set aside.

...Making the crust:
1. In a blender, add the cookie crumbs along with the melted butter, vanilla and the sugar.  Pulse the motor a few times to then spin until a good humid crumble appears.  Pour it out onto the lightly oiled pie plate.  With the aid of a spatula or spoon, spread and pat down the mix onto the plate’s bottom and sides.  Set aside.

... Making the Lemon Mousse Filling:
2. In a chilled, medium sized stainless steel bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer. When a ribbon trail starts showing, it's almost ready. Careful not to over beat. Set this whipped cream temporarily aside in the refrigerator.
3. Clean the whisks and dry carefully. 
4. Meanwhile, separate the eggs and set aside the yolks in a tiny bowl.
5. In another medium size bowl, whip the egg whites until frothy.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until soft peaks have formed.  Afterwards, the egg yolks can be added one at the time.  Beat well between each yolk.
. Take out the chilled whipped cream and with a spatula fold it into the yellow sweet mix until there are minimal streaks showing.  Now, add the lemon juice and blend well.
. Pour the combined mix into the prepared crust.
. Garnish the perimeter of the pie's surface with the reserved crushed cookie.

. Decorate according to your creativity or as shown in photo.
. It is best to cover and freeze the pie for a minimum 3 hour period.

Remember to take the pie out and
transfer it to the refrigerator
for about 20 minutes before
cutting your serving pieces.

I'm in lemon heaven with this cool mousse pie.

Enjoy this treat and flavourful wishes,

Comments ... ??? ... or suggestions ... write me :o)
Claudia at: foodessa [at] gmail [dot] com

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Please take note on how I bake and cook...
Here’s a 101 of sorts to make sure that there are no disappointments when trying my creations.  
Also...just so you know...feel free to increase the salt and sweet factor since I'm not high on either of them ;o)
. Use DRY cup measurements for...you guessed it...all DRY ingredients.
Anything DRY gets measured by spooning the overfilled ingredient (never shake the cup) and then level off with a flat edged tool.  Exception...Brown sugar should be packed in and leveled.
. Use LIQUID cup measurements for...all LIQUIDS that cannot be leveled like for example butter, yogurt...etc.  Measure the liquids at eye level to avoid overdoing what the recipe truly needs.
OVENS are unfortunately not created equal.  Mine is so old that it has reached many degrees off it's norm.  It's really worth investing a few dollars to test yours with an appropriate oven thermometer.  You'd be surprised how many ovens I've heard about not being where they should have been.  Before you lose any more ingredients and much time preparing a new recipe...run to the store...you'll thank me later. 

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