Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups {+ a Giveaway!}

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups | Crumbs and Chaos Happy Friday!!  Let’s celebrate with a creamy, lemony no bake dessert.

There happens to be a yogurt that I’m head over heels in love with and when my sister first introduced me to it several months back it wasn’t available yet in my neck of the woods.  In fact, the first time I spotted Noosa at a Target while shopping in a nearby town I text my sister right away and I couldn’t hide the excitement of being able to grab a few cartons of it.  And now I can find it at the store I grocery shop every week and that means breakfast bliss ;)

Never heard of Noosa Finest Yoghurt?!  It is an Aussie-style yoghurt that is made in small batches with farm fresh ingredients and has the just the right amount of sweet and tang to it.  There are 9 drool worthy flavors (my all-time fave is raspberry!).  You can use the store locator on their website to find it at a store near you because you’re going to need a few cartons to make this dessert.

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups | Crumbs and Chaos The folks at Noosa invited me to use their finest yoghurt in a recipe contest.  So lemon cheesecake mousse cups were born.  These dessert cups are perfect for fresh berries and are make ahead so they’ll be ready for any occasion.  This season is absolutely calling for a carefree dessert and this is it.

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Glazed Lemon Bread

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This recipe for Glazed Lemon Bread is easy to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch.

It’s time for a squeeze of fresh citrus…lemon to be exact.  I love how refreshing zesting or squeezing a lemon is, it brightens up the entire room.  Something that is absolutely needed during these long, cold winter days.  This lovely little loaf of lemon bread is a delight with your morning coffee and it would be perfect for a brunch spread or an afternoon snack.  You could make this to take to work to brighten up someone else’s day too.

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Glazed Lemon Bread

This easy recipe for Glazed Lemon Bread is perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1 cup SUGAR
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 2 EGGS
  • 5 oz. can EVAPORATED MILK
  • 1/3 cup VEGETABLE OIL
  • JUICE & ZEST of 1 LEMON
  • 3/4 cup POWDERED SUGAR

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a loaf pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, evaporated milk, oil and 2 teaspoons of lemon zest. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared pan.
  3. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick tests clean, be careful not to over bake. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Stir together powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to make a glaze. Drizzle over cooled bread and garnish with extra lemon zest.
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Recipe Source: Very Best Baking

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More lemon to love…

Pull Apart Lemon Rolls

Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars

Cream Cheese Lemon Cake Bars

Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade

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Today we’re going to a party…a baby shower for Liz of The Lemon Bowl!  I met Liz last October while attending Taste of Michigan in Grand Rapids – she is such a darling!  Absolutely outgoing and friendly, she made us all feel welcome as we enjoyed her hometown.  Liz is genuine and as sweet as can be.    One of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, she captures the most gorgeous shots at the farmer’s market and of Michigan’s breath taking scenery.

Liz is having another baby boy in just a few weeks, so a few blogger friends got together to throw her a virtual baby shower.  We’re each bringing something that uses one of her favorite ingredients – lemon.  What’s a baby shower without a sparkling drink and a few adorable straws?    In honor of her love for fabulous fresh fruit, I made a sparkling blackberry lemonade.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  This drink is simple to make and you can adjust the sweetness as much as you like.  Congrats on the upcoming arrival of the newest member of the Della Croce family, Liz!

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Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade

This sparkling blackberry lemonade is a gorgeous drink worthy of any celebration!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 cup SUGAR
  • 1 cup FRESHLY SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE
  • 2 cups BLACKBERRIES (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  • 2 liter SPARKLING WATER, chilled

Instructions

  1. Make simple syrup: Heat water and sugar together in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. Puree blackberries in a blend until smooth. Press through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds.
  3. Combined strained puree and lemon juice along with 3/4 cup of simple syrup. Pour into a pitcher, add half of the sparkling water. Stir to combine. Add more sparkling water or simple syrup to taste. Serve immediately over ice.
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Appetizers

Beverages

Salads

Main Dish

Desserts

Strawberry Croissant French Toast

 

This Strawberry Croissant French Toast is the perfect weekend breakfast to showcase one of spring’s most beautiful gifts – gorgeous red strawberries!

Strawberry Croissant French Toast | Crumbs and Chaos  #strawberry #breakfast #frenchtoast   www.crumbsandchaos.net Good morning!  Last Saturday we enjoyed the company of my mom, Megan and her boys while they came to visit.  We happily went out on the first day of strawberry picking and filled two boxes full of beautiful red berries.  There is nothing in the grocery store that even compares to what we picked – they were so sweet and flavorful.  My mom used some to make strawberry jam, for which we’ll be thankful all year long ;)

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I used some of the others to make ice cream and we also ate our fair share.  I had been wanting to make this croissant french toast ever since I got the Our Best Bites Cookbook last fall.  Oh my goodness – this french toast is fabulous for so many reasons…it’s overnight french toast, which means less work to do in the morning…it’s super easy…and it uses both cream cheese and lemon!?  Need I say more?  Well besides, you’re welcome – you’re going to thank me for sharing this!

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Strawberry Croissant French Toast

Ingredients

  • 6 large BUTTER CROISSANTS*
  • 8 oz. CREAM CHEESE
  • Juice of 1 LEMON
  • 1 1/4 cups POWDERED SUGAR
  • 1 1/2 cups MILK
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons LEMON BAKERY EMULSION*
  • Fresh STRAWBERRIES, sliced for garnish
  • Strawberry Sauce:
  • 2 cups of fresh STRAWBERRIES, chopped
  • 1/3 cup SUGAR
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA

Instructions

  1. Slice croissants.
  2. Beat together cream cheese, lemon juice and 3/4 cup powdered sugar in a bowl. You want this to be light and fluffy (I used the whisk attachment for my mixer.)
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture on the bottom half of each croissant. Replace top and place into a lightly greased 9x13 pan, cut to fit if necessary.
  4. Combine milk, eggs, lemon bakery emulsion and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Pour over croissants in pan and then cover the pan with foil and place in fridge for 8-10 hours.
  5. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place covered pan in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 20-30 minutes until set and golden. Let stand 5-10 minutes after removing from the oven. Serve with strawberry sauce and fresh sliced strawberries.
  6. Strawberry Sauce:
  7. Add strawberries and sugar to a large, heavy saucepan. Stirring often, bring to a boil over medium heat. Take off of the heat and add vanilla. Mash with a potato masher for a chunky sauce, blend with an immersion blender for a smooth sauce.

Notes

*I think I will use mini croissants next time, they'd be the perfect portion for one person without any extra cutting.

*If you don't have Lemon Bakery Emulsion, add the zest of a lemon to both the cream cheese mixture and the egg mixture and only use 1 1/4 teaspoons of lemon extract.

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Recipe Source:Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites Cookbook

 

becca

 

More weekend breakfasts…

Pull Apart Lemon Rolls

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Caramel Apple Cinna-minis

 

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Blueberry Lemon Donuts

In honor of National Donut Day tomorrow, I have for you….. Blueberry Lemon Donuts.  I pretty much love lemon with anything!  Blueberry, cherry, raspberry…. And in donuts, muffins, drinks…..  There is something about the tart flavor that complements other flavors so well.  To be honest, these donuts were more reminiscent of a muffin as far as texture goes.  They have whole blueberries with a hint of lemon in the batter, when still warm they are tossed in a cinnamon/sugar mixture then topped with a lemon drizzle.  They were moist and wonderful served warm!  Whether it’s these donuts, a homemade donut from yesterday’s roundup, or a run to your favorite local donut shop…. I hope that you join me and enjoy celebrating National Donut day tomorrow!

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Blueberry Lemon Donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups FLOUR
  • 3/4 teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1 teaspoon CINNAMON
  • dash of SALT
  • 1 large EGG
  • 1/3 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 2 Tablespoons SUGAR
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1/4 cup MILK
  • 1/4 cup SOUR CREAM
  • 4 Tablespoons BUTTER, melted
  • 3/4 cup BLUEBERRIES (fresh or frozen)
  • zest from 1 LEMON
  • CINNAMON/SUGAR MIXTURE
  • 3/4 cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 2 Tablespoons LEMON JUICE

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a donut pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, sugar, milk, sour cream and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir until just combined. Add in the melted butter and then fold in the blueberries and lemon zest.
  2. Baked for 15 minutes or until the tops have browned. Remove from oven and while still warm toss in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle donuts with glaze. ENJOY! Makes approx. 6 regular size donuts.
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Pull Apart Lemon Rolls

Spring Oh Spring!  Where Art Thou Spring??  Around here we have been longing for spring.  We want to open the windows, eat dinner on the deck, and take walks around the block.  It snowed this past weekend and today was the glimmer of hope we were looking for.  With temperatures in the mid-40s, the kitchen window was open and the boys were outside getting dirty!  All while I was in the kitchen making these rolls.  I mean, what is a better reminder of spring than lemon??  With it’s fresh citrus-y aroma and it’s tart flavor, just zesting the lemons made me smile.

These rolls are very simple to make and oh so delicious.  There’s lemon and sugar on rolls topped with lemon glaze!  They were amazing warm out of the oven but still just as delightful after sitting out for a while.  These would be perfect for a weekend brunch, but tis the season, these will definitely be making an appearance on our Easter table!!

 

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Pull Apart Lemon Rolls

Ingredients

    FOR ROLLS
  • 12 FROZEN DINNER ROLLS, thawed but still cold (I used Rhodes)
  • zest from 2 WHOLE LEMONS
  • 1/2 cup SUGAR
  • 1/4 cup BUTTER, melted
  • FOR CITRUS GLAZE
  • 1 cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 1 Tablespoon BUTTER, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons FRESH LEMON JUICE

Instructions

  1. Mix lemon zest with sugar. Cut rolls in half and place in a 9x13-inch sprayed baking pan. Drizzle melted butter over rolls. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the lemon zest/sugar mixture (reserving other 1/2 of mixture to sprinkle on just before baking). Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap. Sprinkle on remaining lemon zest/sugar mixture. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile combine glaze ingredients and mix well. Remove rolls from oven and drizzle glaze over top. ENJOY!!
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Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars

And these my friends, are just as dreamy as the name implies….  I finally picked a recipe to use in my first attempt at using vanilla bean paste.  These are sort of a vanilla version of a brownie.  It starts by melting chopped white chocolate with butter — and if that doesn’t say enough — you finish by swirling lemon curd in just before baking.  I had my first one right out of the oven and it was warm and still a little gooey, with chunks of white chocolate and loads of vanilla and lemon flavor.  I think this is a wonderful alternative to the classic brownie and the lemon curd is wonderful reminder of spring (in case it decides not to grace us with its presence this year)!

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Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars

Ingredients

  • 10 oz WHITE CHOCOLATE, chopped and divided
  • 6 Tablespoons UNSALTED BUTTER, cubed
  • 1/4 cup SUGAR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 2 EGGS, at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA BEAN PASTE
  • 1 cup FLOUR, sifted
  • 1/2 cup LEMON CURD

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle position. Line an 8-by-8 inch pan with parchment paper so there is an overhang, making removal easier.
  2. Melt 8 oz of the white chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring. When melted, remove bowl from heat and stir in sugar and salt.
  3. Whisk in eggs one at a time and then whisk in vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. With a spatula, gently fold in flour. When just a few streaks of flour remain, fold in the remaining 2 ounces of white chocolate. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  4. Dollop lemon curd on top of batter in 5 to 6 equal portions. With a knife, swirl curd into batter with a figure-8 motion. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean but not dry, approx. 25-28 minutes.
  5. Let cool in pan completely. Then grasping the parchment paper overhang, lift out the entire block and cut into 12 squares. ENJOY!!!
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Recipe Source:  Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever

 

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Ginger Lemon Muffins

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You may have seen a week or so ago that I post Salted Caramel Muffins from Food Network Magazine’s recent 50 muffins.  Again, I bring you one of their muffins.  The Ginger Lemon Muffin.  The combination sounded delightful and did not disappoint.  The only thing I changed was the ginger.  Because I didn’t have ground ginger on hand I used fresh ginger that was peeled and grated.  It worked great and tasted wonderfully.  Overall, these muffins were very simple to make and the addition of the lemon was just as simple and the perfect companion to the ginger!

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Ginger Lemon Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cupsFLOUR
  • 2 Tablespoons COCOA POWDER
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, melted
  • 1/2 cup SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup MOLASSES
  • 1/4 cup MILK
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 1/2 inch piece GINGER, peeled and grated (or 1 Tablespoon GROUND GINGER)
  • LEMON CURD

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place papers in muffin tins. Mix flour, 2 cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk melted butter, sugar, molasses, milk, eggs, and ginger; fold into the flour mixture. Divide among 12 prepared muffin cups; bake 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and make a dent in each muffin while still warm; allow to cool. Fill dent with jarred lemon curd. ENJOY!
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megan

 

Some other ginger favorites:

 Ginger Cookies

 Gingerbread Caramel Crunch

Gingerdoodle Cookies

 Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing

 

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Cream Cheese Lemon Cake Bars

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It’s a brand new year and time for a brand new list of desserts that you have to try.

Do you ever have trouble buying birthday gifts for people?  I do.  So it sometimes results in a delicious meal made in honor of their birthday or a birthday dessert.  That was the case of these bars…I was giving to a lemon lover and wanted to try something new.  She loved them and so did the rest of us.  These are light and super lemon-y.  The thin layer of cream cheese frosting on the top is the perfect complement to the sturdy cake bar underneath.

 

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Cream Cheese Lemon Cake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box LEMON CAKE MIX
  • 1/3 cup BUTTER, softened
  • 3 EGG
  • 1 (8 oz.) block of CREAM CHEESE
  • 1 cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 1/2 LEMON, juiced and zested
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil.
  2. Mix together cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar gradually, beating until well combined. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Measure out 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside for later.
  4. Add 2 eggs and vanilla to the cream cheese mixture and beat well. Spread over cake layer.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. Let cool completely, then top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Cut into bars.
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Are you a sucker for a great lemon dessert?

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Raspberry Lemon Whoopie Pies

Mini Lemonade Cupcakes

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