Monday, February 2, 2015

Month-of-Mini-Desserts: Lemon Chiffon

Welcome back. I hope while you’re here you’ll go rummaging around in my past posts for recipes. I’ve been doing this Month-of-Recipes gig for a few years now. In 2012, I did a month of soup recipes; 2013, a month of chicken; and, in 2014 I posted recipes for appetizers. So go looking. I’ll bet you find some new and interesting recipes to try out.

How do I decide what my month-of-recipes will be? Each year my readers here, on Facebook, and Twitter cast a vote for the category I will post recipes for. It was a squeaker this year, but mini-desserts finally won the day.

Today’s recipe is in the extra-easy category like yesterday’s. The hardest part is waiting two hours to eat it! I’ve included a picture, but I am NOT a food photographer! (I didn’t really have to tell you that, did I?)

This time of year with my lemon tree laden, I look for ways to use them up. I found a package of lemon pudding in my pantry, and voila! A dessert was born!

Lemon Chiffon (four servings in half pint canning jars; or 8+ shot glasses)
1 ounce package lemon instant pudding
1½ cups milk
4 ounces Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream, extra stiff)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
graham cracker crumbs

Whisk together the pudding and milk. When smooth, add whipped cream, lemon juice, and zest. Mix thoroughly. Let sit while you prepare the canning jars.

Put a heaping tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into bottom of each half pint canning jar. Add two heaping tablespoons of lemon mixture spreading to cover crumbs.

Layer on two tablespoons graham cracker crumbs, spreading to cover lemon mixture. Divide remaining lemon mixture among the four jars. Top with a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs.

Cover with canning lid and ring and refrigerate for at least two hours to allow the lemon mixture to soften the crumbs. Serve in the jar for a rustic look.

NOTE: You can make this into a mini-dessert by dividing the crumbs and lemon mixture among liqueur or shot glasses.

Oops! I forgot my rating system yesterday. I use DH as my tester. Lucky guy, eh?

Tongues Up:
Yesterday’s Hot Chocolate Nuts and today’s Lemon Chiffon each got 5 Tongues Up! He’d give the Hot Chocolate Nuts more tongues if I let him because the man loves chocolate more than any other man I’ve met!


  1. Looks simple as simple-- I think my DH will like this.

    1. Exploding Mary, do let them sit for a couple or hours or overnight. We tried one after a short time in the refrigerator and the other the next day. Next day won by a long shot! Have fun. And add more lemon zest if you want. DH isn't a wild about lemon as I am.