Layered Citrus Dessert

740 10 servings, 1 piece (110 g) each
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10 servings, 1 piece (110 g) each

Make this Mexican-style no-bake dessert the night before for rave reviews the next day.

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  • Grate zest from 1 lemon; set aside. Cut both lemons in half; squeeze to measure 7 Tbsp. juice. Mix milks in small bowl. Add lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. at a time, stirring with fork after each addition until well blended. (Mixture will thicken to a soft custard-like consistency.) Stir in zest.
  • Arrange 6 wafers on bottom of 8x4-inch loaf pan, trimming if necessary to make snug fit; cover with 1 cup milk mixture, spreading to completely cover wafers. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining wafers.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Unmold onto plate just before serving. Spread Cool Whip over top of dessert.

Important Note

For best results, prepare dessert with regular sweetened condensed and evaporated milks. Using low fat products can result in a softer texture.

How to Easily Unmold Dessert

For easy unmolding of dessert, line empty pan with plastic wrap before using to prepare dessert.

Cooking Know-How

As the dessert refrigerates overnight, the wafers will soften as they absorb the milk mixture.


  • 10 servings, 1 piece (110 g) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 10 servings, 1 piece (110 g) each
Calories 270
% Daily Value
Total fat 10g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 200mg
Carbohydrate 40g
Dietary fibre 1g
Sugars 31g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 20 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • mosie |

    Excellent, light refreshing dessert. I would like to try it using orange juice instead of lemon juice.

  • Harlequin413 |

    I made this recipe according to the instructions. I did not substitute the evaporated milk for a lower fat version and had great success with it. The milk mixture started to thicken by the 6th tablespoon of lemon juice. I believe the key to thickening is the lemon juice and most likely the 12 hours in the fridge prior to serving. I also put it in the freezer for half an hour just before adding the Cool Whip topping. It was great and I got many compliments. Will definitely make it again.

  • gjhart |

    A delicious dessert; I followed the directions to the letter because I am a beginner, but then added more wafers to soak up the excess liquid based on the other reviews. I will definitely make this again, not altering the recipe whatsoever.