Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Luscious Lemon: TWD


Creamy lemon custard is meant to be a team player. This week's dessert is selected by TWD baker Bridget from The Way the Cookie Crumbles. Spoon desserts are a perfect complement to contrasting textures. Lemon-clove flavor, topped with berries and a tuille. Cereal (Cinnamon Puffins), also make for good crunch. Try sorbets too.


East to prepare, and with a minimum of ingredients, milk, eggs, sugar, lemon zest and cloves, the milk is first heated below the boiling point and steeped with zest and cloves to intensify the flavor. In a separate measuring cup, the eggs and sugar are whisked together, tempered with milk, strained, then combined with milk. Baked in a water bath, then to-rest, and chill-to firm.

Custards, flans, puddings, creme brulee, pot de creme all share the same type of ingredients, except for varying proportions of milk and/or heavy cream, eggs and/or the addition of yolks and technique. At it's simplest, as Dorie suggested, it's an after-school dessert. A bit of nourishment for the middle of the day.

10 comments:

Jules Someone said...

Oh my, what lovely photos! Glad this turned out for you.

Bridget said...

You dressed these up so prettily! The chopped strawberries look great. I agree that this is great for a nice mid-day snack - it's mostly protein and not so much fat.

myfamousrecipe said...

Great job elevating this humble dessert into something special. I love the berries and tuile!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

yes, this definitely needed a little something...lacey tuile is just the thing! i love puffins cereals, btw...bet i could down a box of the PB puffins in a sitting!

doughmesstic said...

Well, isn't that pretty with the tuile? Nice job!

Lillian said...

The tuile makes it look so lovely!

AmyRuth said...

This custard actually did have some redeeming qualities in the nutritional column. I liked it a lot. Your photos are beautful as always. Great job.
AmyRuth

Teanna said...

Love the tuille! Gorgeous! Glad you liked it!

TeaLady said...

That looks absolutely delicious. The strawberries. The tuile. Beautiful.

farah said...

Your custards look delicious and gorgeous! Well done :)