Easy Fruit Tarts with Lemon and Cheese Mousse

Easy Fruit Tarts with Lemon and Cheese Mousse

An easy tart made with tart crust cut with a cookie cutter and heaps of fresh fruits topped on a refreshing lemon and cheese mousse.

Ingredients: 6 half-oval molds

Tart Crust (Recipe ID: 1422942)
as needed
Lemon and cheese mousse:
Cream cheese
60 g
Granulated sugar (fine)
20 g
●Egg yolk
10 g
●Granulated sugar
20 g
●Lemon juice
Gelatin leaves
2 g
Grated lemon skin
1/2 a lemon
Heavy cream (47% fat)
100 g
Fruits for topping
as needed


1. Prepping the pie crust: roll out the crust until 4 mm thick. Cut using a round cookie cutter with jagged edges (or simply a round cutter).
2. Bake for approximately 18 minutes in an oven preheated to 180°C preheated. (Please adjust baking time to your oven.)
3. Prepping the lemon mousse: microwave the cheese for approximately 30 seconds to soften. Add granulated sugar and knead.
4. Into a separate bowl, combine ● ingredients and mix well with a whisk. Soak the gelatin leaves in ice-cold water.
5. Put the mixture from Step 4 into a pan. Heat over low to medium heat and stir as you heat. Once thickened as shown in the photo, remove from the heat.
6. Add gelatin into the pan and dissolve. Then add that into the lemon mousse mixture from Step 3. Mix well with a whisk until completely smooth. Add the grated lemon skin at this stage.
7. Whip the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks.
8. Combine the whipped cream and the lemon mousse mixture. Mix well to finish the batter. Put that into a piping bag.
9. Squeeze the batter into half-oval molds.
10. When done, smooth out the surface with a palette knife. Freeze to harden.
11. To remove from the mold, prepare a bowl of hot water. Stick a fork into the mousse and warm the bottom with the hot water bath. After it's slightly warmed and molten, spin the fork gently to remove them.
12. Top the mousse on top of the tart crusts.
13. Decorate with lots of fresh fruit around the mousse.
14. Sift some powdered sugar on top to finish. It's a delicious cheese mousse with some nice lemon flavor.

Story Behind this Recipe

I had some cream cheese, lemon, and heavy cream with a nearing expiration date. That's when I came up with these recipe tarts. It's shaped like this because making it properly was too much trouble. As a result, I ended up using my long-forgotten half-oval mold (formerly used for manju treats) to make these cute and easy mousse disguised with lots of fruits.