Recipe by P4
This is another one of my favorite recipes. Borrowed from one of my pastry-chef heros, Emily Luchetti, these lemon custards are about as perfect a custard as they come. Despite the heavy sounding ingredients, they are light and lemony and just wonderful. I usually serve them with a crisp cookie. They don't need any other accompaniment.
- 6 large egg yolks
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 13 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (do not use concentrate!!!!)
- 2 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Place eight 6 oz.
- ramekins in a deep baking pan.
- Put the yolks, eggs, and sugar in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Stir in the lemon juice and the cream.
- Pour the mixture through a very fine mesh strainer, then ladle into the ramekins.
- Place the pan with the ramekins into the oven, then fill the pan with hot water about half-way up the sides of the ramekins.
- (It's easier to fill the pan when it's already in the oven).
- Cover the pan lightly with aluminum foil and bake for about 50 minutes.
- You can tell they are done when, if you gently shake the pan, the sides are firm but the center of each ramekin, about the size of a quarter, is still jiggly like jello (not liquid!).
- That's okay- I promise.
- That means they are perfect.
- Do not overcook, or your custard will taste like scrambled eggs.
- Remove the custards from the water bath and refrigerate overnight, but for at least 6 hours.
- As they chill, they will completely firm up.
- Before serving, let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- I like to serve these with a crisp cookie, like a gingersnap.