Friday, January 1, 2010

Meyer lemon creme brulee, now that's my favorite one!!

This Creme brulee is now officially my new favorite custard!! Make it only when Meyer lemons are in season, just in time for the holidays. It brings a dainty, soft, delicate, subdued and sophisticated flavor and fragrance to your elegant Holiday parties! Meyer lemon, although of Chinese origin, should be the eighth to the following seven species: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.
Adapted from 'Elegantly Easy Creme Brulee and Other Custard Desserts' by Debbie Puente.

Meyer lemon creme brulee

Ingredients:
2 eggs
6 egg yolk
3/4-1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice, I used 3 Meyer lemons
Zest of 3Meyer lemons, finely zested
2 cups heavy cream (16 oz)
1/4 cup sugar in the raw (for carmelization about 1-2 tablespoons for each custard)

Directions:
Preheat oven the 300F. Boil some water in a pot on top of stove and keep it hot. Whisk two eggs, egg yolks and 3/4-1 cup sugar and beat until light yellow and firm. Add heavy cream, Meyer lemon zest and lemon juice, and mix with a spatula gently, in folding motion, until mixed well. Consistency will be liquidy. Line a deep baking dish with a paper towel, place six ramekins inside on top of paper and ladle mixture evenly between ramekins. Pour water into baking dish as a warm water bath for the custard to cook in, halfway up the ramekins and place in the middle rack of the oven for 40-50 min. Edges should be firm when done, but middle should be wobbly. Take out and let cool outside in water bath. Refrigerate. 2 hours prior to serving, place ramekins in ice bath, add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar in the row on top of each custard, swirl sugar to coat custard completely, and carmelize in broiler mode until sugar bubbles. Can carmelize with a torch as well for a deep golden sheen.Refrigerate prior to serving!!

9 comments :

  1. Shulie,
    Where can I find Meyer Lemons? I don't ever remember seeing them in a regular market? Would love to try this one. YUMMY

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  2. Hi Diane, Surprisingly enough found a 4lb box at Costco this Winter, saw smaller bags at Whole Foods this year as well. Look at local grocery stores as well, they don't display them front and center cause people are not familiar with them. Preheat oven and pour hot water bath into dish, don't let water heat up in oven. Key to success!! Let me know if you find them!!

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  3. Thanks. I'm so happy that I mastered this blog and I'm now one of your followers. Great blog.

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  4. Welcome Diane!! So happy that you are, now we need Ilene!! BYW, from her comment on Facebook, she will be right there if you make the Meyer lemon creme brulee:).

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  5. Shulie, those are amazing photos! I can't wait to try this for sure!

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  6. Thank you Julie. This one is so sublime you won't regret it!! Really try it with the upcoming Holiday season your guests and family would love it! Thanks for dropping by and taking the time Julie! Shulie

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  7. Shulie, I love custard and this sounds like a perfect match. Thanks for sharing it.

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