This super-easy pudding is zesty and refreshing. You don’t need key limes to make it (you get that flavor by combining limes and lemons). If you're a tart-at-heart (like me) and love sharp, tangy notes, you’re gonna be in heaven. Those of you who like your citrus on the sweeter side may want to add more maple syrup to taste.
You could make a straight lemon pudding by using 1 cup lemon juice and 2 teaspoons lemon zest, or just lime pudding with 1 cup lime juice and 2 teaspoons lime zest. But, the combination of lemon and lime juice and rind delivers a depth of flavor that's hard to beat.
I first became smitten (or should I say bitten) with key lime mousse in the Florida everglades, in a little fishing shack off the river. The mosquitos were eating me alive! I imagined them the size of cockroaches as they successfully gnawed through my jeans! While they were biting through my jeans, I was biting my tongue, trying to prevent myself from ordering yet another and another and another key lime mousse!
This healthier incantation has a little less bite to the hips, but no less bite on the lips. Trust me – let the tart in you sing, and you won’t be sorry. This pudding is sublime.