Lancaster House Head Chef, Damien Ng, shows us how to make a simple, but tasty summer dessert.
With the temperatures finally warming up, and the increased availability of fresh, summer fruit now upon us, we find ourselves turning more to lighter, chilled desserts to tempt our palette. With this in mind, here’s an incredibly easy and quick-to-make pudding that the whole family should enjoy which celebrates the arrival of summer. It’s so easy; you can even get the kids involved without the risk of a ‘Kitchen Nightmare’.
Lemon Mousse with Summer Berry Compote and Home-made Ginger Biscuits
Ingredients (serves 4)
Method: The Mousse
- Put the cream, lemon zest and sugar into a large bowl and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken.
- Once it’s started to thicken, add the lemon juice and whisk again until the mixture thickens further. Be careful not to whisk it too much otherwise you won’t be able to fold the egg whites in.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to a soft peak, and then fold (stir) it well into the lemon mix. It’s done! Just spoon it into some small, glass tumbler glasses or bowls and pop them in the fridge. (If you’re worried about looking good on the beach this summer, you can always use Elmlea Double instead of real Double Cream. Tastes just as good, and almost half the fat!)
- Place all the ingredients into a non-stick pan and heat very slowly for just a few minutes until everything has defrosted.
- Add as much icing sugar as you like to taste. But be careful not to make it too syrupy and sweet. You just need to take the bitterness off the fruit.
Method: Ginger Biscuits
- Place all the ingredients (except the egg) into a bowl and mix thoroughly together.
- Add the whisked egg slowly in small quantities until you have a stiff consistency with the mixture.
- Take a small piece of the mixture and roll it into a biscuit shape, about the size of a 50p coin. (Make as many as you can from the mixture) There should be plenty and you’ll have ample for the family to nibble on for the next couple of days.
- Place them on a baking tray and cook for 15-20 minutes at 180 degree C or gas mark 4.
Once cooked, the mousse should be chilled and ready, serve as you see fit! A small dollop of the compote on top of the mousse and then a couple of biscuits on the side is how we like to do it.
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- Edited by +Tina Taylor. Written by Damian Ng