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Breezy Lemon-Berry Dessert Recipe

Breezy Lemon-Berry Dessert Recipe

“I love the combination of berries and lemon, and wanted to come up with a light, refreshing and tasty dessert that used them both,” writes Anna Ginsberg of Austin, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers, split
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated French vanilla nondairy creamer
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3 cups mixed fresh berries
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries


  • 1. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Cook over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • 2. Cut ladyfingers in half widthwise; arrange cut side down around the sides of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. Place remaining ladyfingers in the bottom of the pan (bottom will not be completely covered).
  • 3. In a large bowl, whisk the milk, creamer and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in gelatin mixture. Fold in 3 cups whipped topping.
  • 4. Spread 2 cups of filling evenly into prepared pan; top with mixed berries. Spread with remaining filling (filling will be higher than ladyfinger border). Cover and refrigerate for 5 hours or until set. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and the strawberries. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 183 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Breezy Lemon-Berry Dessert

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"How did you get the dessert to hold together? Mine fell apart it was like pudding? It did not mold. Please let me know"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"I made this recently for a Bridal shower. Wonderfully cool dessert on a hot summer day. I could not find lady fingers in my area so I substituted angel food cake slices. I also used s/f pudding. Everyone loved it, I will be adding this to my recipe box for when I'm looking for a quick dessert that's refreshing."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2010

"I love lemon so I was thrilled to make andenjoy it"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"I will make this dessert. The only thing I would do differently is use cooked pudding. I don't like the lack of smoothness derived by using instant puddings. I recognize the ease of them it's just a personal preference."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"I, too, made homemade ladyfingers. They're impossible to find around here! The dessert was very good, even with the substitutions I had to make (s/f lemon pudding and regular creamer). Makes a lovely presentation, also!"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"Light, lemony, absolutely delicious. My friends and family raved. Make Again!"

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"Oh so good. I make my own lady fingers, they are very hard to find here, better home made anyway."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2009

"I made this for a birthday party and it was a success. It is light and sweet. I used Pepperidge Farms Milano style cookies with raspberry filling instead of lady fingers."

Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"When I saw this recipe I thought I just have to try this and boy was I glad, and everyone at my BBQ was glad, I did. The only "issue" I had was that I used an entire 7 oz. package of ladyfingers. Also be sure to note the 12 ounce container of whipped topping. I had luckily bought 2 8 oz. sizes or I would've been out of luck.

This dessert offers an amazingly eye-catching dessert as well as being tasty. Anna stated her dessert is "refreshing" and that is exactly how my guests described it. My husband, who hates when I try new recipes, absolutely loved it. My normally negative spouse gave it the thumbs up and finished it off! Thanks for a party pleasing dessert!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.