6/14/12

Recipe for Lemon Cream. Pucker Up!


It looks like this week is all about sharing recipes I made from my growing collection of cookbooks. Hope you don't mind! I might share a restaurant review with you over the weekend...or make you wait until next week.

Last month, I received a preview copy of Grace's Sweet Life. The book is all about desserts: Homemade Italian Desserts from Cannoli, Tiramisu and Panna Cotta to Torte,  Pizzeelle and Struffoli.

Each recipe is introduced by its Italian name, which made me quite nervous. It just seemed to make the recipe sound that much more difficult, albeit authentic. Also, the instructions were a bit lengthy.

I decided to try making the lemon cream. No, the recipe for lemon cream wasn't a separate recipe. It was part of Tartelette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa all Italiana! Or in English, Lemon Meringue Tartlets. I skipped the tartlets and the meringue part ;)

Lemon Cream
Recipe from Grace's Sweet Life by Grace Massa Langlois

Ingredients

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon heavy cream

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)*

grated zest of 1 lemon

4 large egg yolks, at room temperature

1/2 cup superfine sugar**

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 10 equal pieces

*I was doubtful that 2 lemons will provide enough juice, but it actually worked! Just to be on a safe side, pick up a few extra lemons at the store

**I did not have superfine sugar and could not find it at the store, so ended up putting regular sugar into my food processor and "chopping" it until it appeared superfine.

Directions
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream and lemon juice and zest to a boil.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale in color.


3. In a slow, steady stream, gradually pour the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly until well combined.
4. Pour the egg-cream mixture into the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
5. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
6. Strain the lemon cream through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium heatproof bowl. Whisk in the butter two pieces at a time.


7. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the lemon cream to prevent a skin from forming while it cools. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


You can eat the cream with berries or use it as a filling for cakes and tarts. It's definitely lemony and tart, but at the same time buttery and smooth. Plus, the color is stunning.


I ended up giving a jar of the lemon cream to a friend at work. When I asked her how she used it, she said "ate it with a spoon." There you go ;)


Have you made lemon cream before? How would YOU use it?

6 comments:

Megan said...

It looks like lemon curd, which I've made plenty of times.. and yes, I'd eat it with a spoon. At Flour, they spread it on top of the lemon-raspberry cake, and that is an awesome way to eat it too.

Matt Goldey said...

That looks delicious! I love anything lemon, though.

discojing said...

I just made a key lime cream/curd tuesday night! i love the texture. It's somewhere between custard, pudding, and juice -- somewhere in the magic middle. I don't think i could ever eat it on it's own though. Many times recipes for the cream make far too much and I end up just tossing the extra because I can't think of what to do with it!


A note about the sugar: superfine sugar is sometimes sold as "caster" sugar. I noticed that Whole Foods and the Teet by you carry it now. But, is it worth the money to buy sugar thats just "fine"? You had the right idea to just process it, especially since you have a mini processor!

Nina said...

I would like to eat is just like your friend:). Looks delicious. Came to your blog thru twitter...you have fantastic collection of recipes. Will keep visiting:)


Nina
http://thefoodielovers.com

Georgina Castellucci said...

That looks so delicious! I've never had it but citrus is the perfect summery accent in any dish. So thrilled I found your blog!

xo Georgina at: http://notesonlifestylebygeorgina.com

chezsasha.com said...

This is gorgeous, Olga. But no surprise there ;)