Lemon Cup Custard (Tuesdays with Dorie)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lemon Custard Cups
Lemon Cup Custard

This week, Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles selected Lemon Cup Custard on page 387 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Not since the raisin haters came out of the closet was there so much trash talk about the egg on the Tuesdays with Dorie website. Who knew that the little egg caused so much gag reflex to so many! Unlike my Ecuadorian friend who eats everything with an egg, I discovered there are many a baker out there who aren't card carrying members of Egg Custard Council.

Lemon Custard Cups

I'm not a big fan of the egg custard, but I wanted to give this recipe a go. I made 1/4 of the recipe and that filled three mini-ramekins.

I followed Dorie's basic recipe and couldn't find my lemon extract so I just used the zest of two Meyer lemons to lemonize the custard. It's beyond simple to make, and I'll let my friend decide. I think I overcooked it a bit and it should have been a bit more jiggly (like parts of my body nowadays...but I digress). Also, I strained it twice...when adding the milk and when placing the custard in the ramekins. I probably won't make again, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Lemon Custard Cups
Lemon Cup Custard

Thanks Bridget for the pick! I'm interested to see how other bakers changed up the flavors! Check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers!
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Eating everything with an egg is pretty great. For breakfast this morning I had leftover lasagna with a poached egg on top. Is that weird? Because it was really good. Your mini custards look wonderful!

Cathy said... [Reply to comment]

Man, you are not kidding -- the P&Q was hopping this week with egg hating backlash! I actually love eggs, but did not love this custard. I think I messed it up, though (overbaked), so I am curious if I would like the custard that, say, Dorie made. Yours really looks perfect!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Well, it looks pretty! I went with the espresso cinnamon combination and it wasn't my favorite either but at least we tried :)

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

That looks perfect. I am getting my spoon and finishing it off for you! :)

Fantastic job!

Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

Haha, I love the comparison you made between the egg haters and the raisin haters! What about the prunes?! Your dish looks fabulous, and even if it wasn't your cup of tea, great job giving it a try!!

Debbie said... [Reply to comment]

What a delicious and refreshing dessert that would be. Looks wonderful!

spike. said... [Reply to comment]

I am a raisin hater but I did like this custard (with a variation). Sorry you weren't a fan- win some lose some I guess!

doughmesstic said... [Reply to comment]

Oh no.
I hate raisins AND eggs. And prunes! I'm sure there's moer, but we'll see!
Your pics are great!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love the delicate color of yours. Custard isn't my favorite either but I am glad I tried it.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Your custard looks wonderful! I didn't like it (I knew that I wouldn't even before I made it), but my husband really did, so it worked out. =)

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

I've never had egg custard!

kimberly salem said... [Reply to comment]

yours turned out beautifully! i love eggs and hate raisins, but at least i can usually substitute dried cranberries for raisins ;)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Now THOSE look wonderful - love the photography. You really captured the essence of custard - and made it "look" delicious! Nicely done!

Fit Chick said... [Reply to comment]

Your custard looks so good, I should have made a 1/4 recipe instead of a 1/2. Did not love this custard, but at least I tried.

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

i love when ingredients or recipes bring out such emotions...who knew desserts could be so controversial!

Jodie said... [Reply to comment]

Haha- seriously! So many people didn't like this (myself included). Yours looks great tho!

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I love eggs, so I will eat them in pretty much anything. Even if it wasn't your favorite, good for you for at least trying it!

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

Because I don't talk about myself on my blog, nor do I give my opinion on what I make (should I not like it, I wouldn not post it) ...I'll tell you that I loved it. It was a bitg hit with my bubby and my daughter too!

Being such an easy dessert, perhaps you could try making it again sometimes... with a more powerful added taste like chocolate, or cinnamon... or lavender?

Anywho... they look pretty nice, those minis!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

I'm not a big sweets person, but I love egg custard! This is my kind of dessert... tangy, a little bit sweet and creamy... no whipped cream or anything :)

Marthe said... [Reply to comment]

I love the miniature ramekins!!! I started my diet last week and am only allowing myself one bite of everything I bake, I bring the rest into work. Since custards are a bit difficult to bring to work and bringing only 6 custards for about 20 colleagues would cause a riot I decided not to make these....

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous looking custard!

Heather B said... [Reply to comment]

I'm an egg lover but this custard was not my make again list. Not sure what went wrong! Your custard looks great though!

Carol Peterman/TableFare said... [Reply to comment]

I had some custard for breakfast figuring it's egg and milk, which is pretty much breakfast. I liked the texture and taste, but can understand how it would not have universal appeal. Your custard looks like it turned out great.

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

The controversy made me really nervous and I skipped this recipe. However, I did make those lemon cakes you wrote about recently and they were FAB! I posted about them instead. Thanks!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

Let's not talk about jiggly body parts, shall we? :)

Welcome to our crazy blessed life said... [Reply to comment]

Yours look amazing! I do like eggs just not eggy desserts! :)

AmyRuth said... [Reply to comment]

I confess....I like custard. I think I could eat it about anytime. Your little baby custards are cute and I'm so impressed you made them anyway. See ya next week.

Babette said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, those are minis! So cute, too.
I'll go on record as an egg lover, too!


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I also used Meyer lemons but wonder if the standard Eureka would have added a little more oomph to this recipe. Yes, $4/pound...and they just fall off people's backyard trees in CA! Oh well, we have better maple syrup here, I guess...

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh it looks perfect, and I like the little ramekins! Egg haters, raisin...haters..lol

Jules Someone said... [Reply to comment]

Yeah, I didn't even try it. But yours looks lovely!

dharmagirl said... [Reply to comment]

i feel bad that i was one of the egg skeptics. i'm glad i made this recipe--like you, i probably won't make it again, but it was simple and interesting.

i love your mini ramekins!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Girl, that custard looks good to me!

farah said... [Reply to comment]

It looks really good :)

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Everything's better with an egg over easy on top. Everything. And you're right - not since the raisins + chocolate haters has anything gotten such a widespread gag reflex. Glad you tried it, even if it wasn't your favorite.

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