The Freshman Cook: Key Lime Mousse Shooters

This weeks dessert is one I have made several times. At one time I was a pastry chef for a catering company. This was a dessert we made for several special occasions. It is a great recipe for a large gathering. There are not many ingredients, it looks like you went to a lot of work, and it tastes wonderful and refreshing. It is a dessert meant to impress. So give it a try!

Key Lime Mousse Shooters 
Makes about 17

(adapted from Taste of Home website)

4 ounces Cream Cheese, very soft

2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk

15 Key Limes

1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

plastic shot glasses
mini spoons

Place soft cream cheese and sweetened condensed

milk in mixing bowl.

Remember the post I did about hand juicers? 

That is what I used here.

Juice your key limes until you fill the 1/4 cup. 

It took 11 key limes to make a 1/4 cup. I double checked 

this by pouring into a glass measuring cup. It 

measured a bit more in the glass cup, but I left it in. Because

I have made this recipe before, I knew it would be ok.

(This just solidifies what I was saying with Mondays 

appetizer fiasco!)
Pour the juice into the bowl and mix.
Now we need to make the whipped cream. This means we need to put our key lime batter in another bowl for a few minutes. You could make the whip cream before the key lime mix, but there are two reasons that I didn’t. First, once I mix whipped cream, I don’t usually like to move it a lot. I worry about it falling when it is getting jostled around, plus this recipe calls for the whipped creme to be folded in with the key lime mixture. That presents another opportunityfor the whipped creme to fall flat.
Whip your whipped cream until stiff peaks appear.
Fold the whipped cream into the key lime mix. Do this by gently putting your spatula under the mix and then turning it over. Do this several times. Place the mix in a pastry bag. Line up your shot glasses.  Pipe the mix into the shot glasses. I did not use a decorating tip. I only used the coupler that I inserted in the bag. As you fill the shot glasses, leave a little room at the top. Make some more whipped cream. Use about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream, and 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar. Whip until stiff peaks appear. Add more sugar if you think it needs it. Then pipe the whipped cream on top of the mousse filling. Use the coupler with no tip. Thinly slice the key lime, and then cut the slices in half. Garnish each cup with the key lime slice.   Don’t they look great?
They are a treat you will be proud to serve. Enjoy! Thanks for joining me this week for our mini’s menu. Join me tomorrow for the culinary word of the week! Remember~Any questions or you are not sure about a recipe, please comment here, or email me at!  See you tomorrow!

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