Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lemon Cup Custard - Tuesdays with Dorie

custard cup with spoon and lemon, bite of custard on spoon

Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles chose Lemon Cup Custard for the TWD recipe this week. A. and I thought it was very tasty! I forgot to add the lemon extract, so it wasn't extra lemony, but it had just a hint of flavor.

[lemon cup custard recipe]

cup of custard with spoon alongside

There were a lot of negative comments on the weekly Problems & Questions post on the TWD blog. Apparently people thought it had too much of an "eggy" flavor/texture, but I think that's just how custard is. Personally, I thought it was very good, and I was also happy to have a dessert that was lower in sugar and calories and higher in protein than normal!

cup of custard with lemon in back

There were only a few ingredients in this recipe, just the basics for a custard. For this type of recipe it's best to use quality ingredients, since each one plays so much of a role in the flavor and quality of the finished dessert.

(And there is the lemon extract that I forgot to add! D'oh)

ingredients

It is a pretty straightforward recipe, although I thought steeping the lemon rind in the milk was a little odd. I ended up letting it steep for like 2 hours because I'd mistimed dinner, but I think that just gave it a little bit more of a chance to infuse.

Whisking the eggs and sugar:

whisking eggs and sugar

I forgot to strain the milk while combining it with the eggs, so after I combined it all I strained it into another bowl and skimmed off the top.

scraping bubbles off of custard

Voilà, the baked custard! These ramekins actually held 1/4 of the recipe instead of 1/6, so I ended up tacking on a couple of extra minutes to the bake time.

baked custard



Lemon Cup Custard

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c whole milk (590 ml)
1 1/2 t lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
4 large eggs
100 g sugar (1/2 c)
1/4 t lemon extract or 1/8 t lemon oil (optional)


[recipe instructions on Bridget's blog]

Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per 1/6th of recipe
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custard cup with spoon on platter


Thank you, Bridget, for picking this recipe (and sorry about all the haters! ;) ) Check out her blog for the full recipe, and don't forget to look at the TWD blogroll to see the rest of the custards.

custard cup ramekin on top of lemon with spoon

49 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderfully citrusy dessert! Really fabulous! I love the last picture...

cheers,

Rosa

Isabelle said...

moi aussi j'ai beaucoup aimé, c'est une belle façon de se régaler sans culpabiser des calories :)

Clivia said...

As always, you have lovely photos. I, too, loved the egginess of this dessert.

VeggieGirl said...

Marvelous!!

Cathy said...

Yup, you made it look beautiful; I knew you would! I am so glad that you liked it! I am still not sure if I would like custard or not, because I think that I overcooked mine, so it's not really fair for me to judge custard, or this custard recipe, based on my finished product. Now, if I could take a bite of your custard, I bet I'd love it!

Marthe said...

Looks perfect! I didn't make this one though... not 'cause I chickened out because of the P&Q, but more out of selfprotection!

Di said...

Your custards look so pretty! I especially like the last picture.

Sabrina said...

Very nice job! Beautiful and sunshiney!!! :)

Natalie said...

pictures are lovely as always, and i agree- we could use a little protein around TWD! :)

natalia said...

I love your lemon !!! beautiful pictures !!

Teanna said...

YAY! Finally, a dessert that doesn't top 500 calories! I actually loved this, so I'm going to make it again now that I know that! I LOVE your photos. I think a lemon in a photo is a beautiful thing!

Maria said...

Love the last photo! Very fun!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they look so sunny and cute! and they balance perfectly atop a lemon-- how talented! :)

rainbowbrown said...

Each of my servings was a quarter of the recipe and when I ate one for dessert I thought to myself - I just ate an egg and a cup of milk. Not bad, I usually do something like that for breakfast. I think your custards look wonderful and it's nice to see someone else who dug it.

Anne said...

Yours looks fabulous and I love the final photo- beautiful!

spike. said...

looks great, glad to have some extra protein this week!

Amy said...

Great photos, as usual! The custards look fantastic!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

n.o.e said...

That last photo just takes the cake... er, the custard! We loved this recipe also; isn't it funny how tastes differ? I'm glad you have a "spoon shot" - we ate ours at night so I didn't get a chance to shoot it.
Nancy

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I think steeping it for an extra long time was a great idea! Love that last photo!!

bakingwiththeboys said...

As usual, your photos are great. Glad you liked this. I have enjoyed seeing everyone's different opinions.

vibi said...

I totally agree with you!

I also read the comments on the TWD posts and many thought it was too eggy. I was left kinda... hummm... asking myself if that wasn't always the way custard should be! LOL ...Hummm... I'm sure mister Jello-o had something to do with that! Many probably forgot what custard was and should be!

Anywho... as usual, Kim... your pictures are perfect! Such nice dispays... clean, crips and totaly faaaaabulous!

Melissa said...

Well, I'm glad someone enjoyed this recipe! It looks great!

Ivette said...

Awesome pics... like always! I really liked the custard too although I made a vanilla-cinnamon combo. Great job!!

Jinphotography said...

looks yummy. great photos as always

pinkstripes said...

Your custards look gorgeous and the calories aren't bad at all.

chocolatechic said...

I didn't make this one, but yours looks gorgeous.

Irene said...

Beautiful photos! I'd love to make this.

Katrina said...

Love the last photo. Glad you liked it. I didn't "hate" it, it just wasn't for me. Gimme chocolate....Sure looks tasty in your photos. One of my sons really liked it.

Sara said...

I am glad to hear that there were some out there who enjoyed this one. Your pics look awesome, as usual. I do agree that it is always nice to have a lighter dessert, hence my failed attempt at making them with 2% milk!

Heather B said...

Love your pictures as always! Great job on your custard!

Kayte said...

Gorgeous absolutely gorgeous! Your food is so fantastic!

Pamela said...

Sounds like you enjoyed it and that's what counts. It looks beautiful, as always!

Bridget said...

I've been reading a lot of TWD blogs today, and it's funny how many people forgot to add lemon extract. I did too, and I even set it out beforehand. I actually dripped some into the custards a few minutes after I put them in the oven.

Megan said...

I don't think you could make a dessert look bad - no matter what. I wish I could take pictures half as good as you -

Tammy said...

pleased you liked it - great photos too!

AmyRuth said...

I like your last little photo. very cute. I liked the custard as well. No problemo here. he he Great job.
AmyRuth

Carol Peterman said...

It's the sweet eggyness that makes custard so good!

Tracey said...

Your pictures are so creative and beautiful! Glad you enjoyed it :)

The Food Librarian said...

Your custard looks great! I forgot to add the lemon extract too! :)

farah said...

I am so glad you enjoyed it. Your photos are fantastic, as always :)
It must have taken you ages to balance the ramekin on top of that lemon ;)

Carolyn (umami girl) said...

Gorgeous, as always! I especially love the last photo.

TeaLady said...

Even if I didn't like custard, I would have to try it just because of your photos. Love the last one. Glad you liked it too.

Maya said...

I have the book and will have to try it!Lovely pictures!

Jaime said...

i didn't understand all the negative comments, either. i thought it was good.

love the last photo!

zerrin said...

Never tried custard. But you encourage me to try it at home. It seems so easy. It seems yummy in your wonderful pictures. I just want to grab that spoon in the first picture.

Engineer Baker said...

Beautiful as always! I actually loved the smell of things steeping in warm milk - so comforting.

RecipeGirl said...

Custard is my favorite, and I like it simple. Something tells me I'd like this one. Lovely pics as always!

Barbit said...

Your pics are so beautiful! Gianna and I made this together. She helped crack and beat the eggs, I handled the tempering ;-) Turned out AOK.

kim said...

Hi Barb! Glad it turned out well for you, and it is so cute that you guys cook together! :)

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