Friday, November 22, 2013

Limoncello Mousse Parfaits

Did you ever taste something so good, that it leaves you dreaming about it? Well, there is one specific dessert that I've had twice now, that I can't stop dreaming about! An old neighbor of ours, Sal, owns this little Italian restaurant called Amalfi Ristorante. Whenever our good friends, Billy & Heidi (also former neighbors), come to visit from D.C., we usually go to Sal's restaurant for dinner. On one occasion, Sal brought this luscious, gorgeous, frosty, lemony dessert to our table to share. Heidi and I each took one spoonful, looked at each other, and drifted off into heaven! We begged Sal for the recipe . . . pleaded, negotiated, threatened even, and he still wouldn't give it up!

In an effort to put the dreaming to rest, I came up with these little gems. While not exactly the same as the dessert from Amalfi Ristorante, I'm really happy with how they turned out. They make for a pretty presentation, and are tasty too.

 Here is everything that you will need.

 Whisk together sugar and eggs.  Add grated lemon zest.

Add limoncello and lemon juice and mix well. Next add in the melted butter.

 Microwave mixture on high in 1 minute intervals, whisking in between, until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.  About 3 minutes.

I added just a tiny bit of yellow coloring, as I wanted a nice bright yellow. Strain the mixture with a fine mesh strainer to remove the zest and any lumps.

 Removing the zest will make for a nice, smooth texture. Divide lemon curd into 2 bowls (2/3 in one bowl; 1/3 in the other).

 To the bowl that contains 2/3 of the curd, fold in whipped topping to make the mousse.

 I chose to put the mousse and lemon curd in separate pastry bags, for easier piping into my dessert glasses, but you could probably just spoon it in.

 I like to use the Wilton disposable decorating bags, for easy cleanup. Pipe the limoncello mousse into the bottom of your dessert glasses.

Lay a few raspberries on top, and then pipe some lemon curd on top of the raspberries, followed by another layer of the mousse.

Top with a dollop of whipped topping, a raspberry, and just for fun, I stuck half of a lady's finger into each glass. Aren't they cute?

<<Printable Recipe>>
Limoncello Mousse Parfaits
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup limoncello
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
6 Tbls butter, melted
2 cups whipped topping + additional for topping
small container of fresh raspberries
yellow food coloring (optional)
3 lady's fingers (optional for garnish)

  1. In a glass bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Add lemon zest and mix well.
  2. Add limoncello, lemon juice and melted butter and mix well.
  3. Cook in the microwave on high in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon (about 3 minutes). Add a bit of yellow food coloring, if desired.
  4. Strain mixture with a fine mesh strainer, to remove zest and any lumps.
  5. Divide mixture into 2 bowls (2/3 in one bowl; 1/3 in the other).
  6. To make the mousse, fold the whipped topping into the mixture that contains 2/3 of the lemon curd.
  7. Spoon some of the limoncello mousse into each of 6 dessert glasses (using about 1/2 of the mixture). Lay a few raspberries on top of the mousse.
  8. Spoon some of the lemon curd on top of the raspberries, followed by another layer of the mousse.
  9. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a raspberry. Break lady's fingers in half, and insert half of a lady's finger in each (if desired).
 Buon Appetito!


  1. Oh wow, these are amazing :) Now I have something to do with some of that homemade limoncello ;) Love this Kim!

    1. Thanks Shelby! Don't tell anyone, but I think I ate 3 of them myself!

  2. Oh gosh - I wonder if I can make these for our December gathering of the AR Peeps! I think I am doing an Italian menu. I will have to search your recipes! Thanks!

    1. BN - If you make them, let me know how you like them please. They are definitely for lemon lovers. Someday I hope I can make it to one of these AR peep round-ups. I'd love nothing more than to meet all of my on-line AR peeps!

  3. Geez Louise! These look so good that I think I'll have to plan a dinner party just to try these.

    1. Awe, thanks Marianne! They were fun to make too! I picked up that set of 6 dessert glasses with the slate serving tray at Ross for $3.99!!! I had to create a recipe just to use them! LOL

  4. OMG, Kim, we both even did the cream with a raspberry on top the same way and raspberries in the center of the glass! I actually made mine in September for an event, and didn't have a new recipe to post, so I did that one, since I already had photos...what timing, huh? Yours look gorgeous and you're right, great minds do think alike: lemons and raspberries ROCK!! ;)

    1. Christina - I saw your post in my FB page feed, and I immediately went to check the date on your post (I didn't want you to think I copied your idea). Yours are gorgeous too! :)

  5. These are adorable and look so delicious! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    1. Thanks for checking out my post Britni! I appreciate it, and all you do for bloggers.