Lemon and Lavender Mousse with Blueberry Soup
Created by Gale Gand
Dried lavender blossoms are available at gourmet markets and online at spicehunter.com. Be sure to buy a product intended for culinary use.
Servings: Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter , cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 large egg , plus 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon dried or fresh lavender blossoms
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream , whipped
  • 2 cups fresh (or frozen, unthawed) blueberries , plus additional fresh blueberries for garnish
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 stick cinnamon
Directions
To make mousse: In a heatproof mixing bowl, combine sugar, lemon juice, butter, egg, egg yolks and lavender. Place over a pot of simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain into a bowl set in a larger bowl of ice water and stir until cold and thickened. Fold in whipped cream. Pour mixture into each of eight 5-ounce paper cups. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

To make soup: In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar, 1/4 cup room temperature water, lemon zest, lemon juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Let mixture cool 10 minutes. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Puree blueberry mixture in blender until smooth. Strain through a sieve set over a bowl. Discard solids; cover soup and refrigerate.

To serve, peel paper cups off mousse and place mousse in shallow bowls. Pour soup around mousse and garnish with blueberries.

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