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Fritters with Lemon Mousse and Strawberries

Deep-fried fritters are wonderful on their own, but they become over-the-top amazing with a creamy lemon mousse and sweet strawberries. Raspberries and blueberries yield equally good results. —Shannon Bell, Woodstock, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • FRITTERS:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions

  • In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice until blended. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and a thermometer reads at least 170°. Do not allow to boil. Immediately remove from heat. Transfer to a small bowl; cool 10 minutes. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Fold into lemon mixture. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, toss strawberries with honey and sugar. Let stand until juices are released from strawberries.
  • For fritters, in a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk, melted butter and orange zest until blended. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
  • In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
  • To serve, spoon mousse into dessert dishes; top with strawberries. Serve with fritters. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
2 fritters with 1/3 cup mousse and 1 tablespoon strawberries: 282 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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