Fritters with Lemon Mousse and Strawberries

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
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
Fritters with Lemon Mousse and Strawberries Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For topping, in a small bowl, toss strawberries with honey and sugar. Let stand until juices are released from strawberries.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.