Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reprise -- Lemon Pot De Creme

This was not a summer post but lemon pot de creme would be a good cool dessert for a summer dinner. Alas, our desserts the last couple of weeks have consisted of ice cream, I prefer Hagan Das vanilla bean or rum raisin while Husband Jim prefers anything Ben and Jerry and chocolate!

These are easy desserts but fancy desserts and I love the little cups that they're served in.

It's Sunday and time for Sunday Favorites so please join Chari At Happy to Design to see what other favorites there are this Sunday.

Pot de creme refers both to the dessert inside as well as the cup holding the dessert. A step up from ordinary pudding, it is a baked pudding and it is served in these perfect little cups. I have 8 -- but two sets of four. Both are white with gold rims so they look good on the table together. But, one is a bit smaller than the other.

These little cups that look so delicate are indeed not for the pot de creme mixture is poured into the cups and these little cups are then placed in a water bath and baked in the oven!

I have a great recipe for chocolate pot de creme from Dean and Deluca's -- it is truly chocolate to die for.

But it is January and tired of the apple and pear desserts, we chose to serve a lemon pot de creme for the Paperwhite Luncheon. Lemon is so refreshing and lemons are so plentiful in the market this time of the year.
Whether it is chocolate or lemon, a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream is a great topping. With lemon, a few shreds of lemon on top.
Each pot comes with it's own saucer and a wee little lid. These little cups, saucers and lids do make a great presentation when it comes to dessert.

This recipe is not a true pot de creme for it isn't baked (but then neither is my chocolate one) so it's more of a mousse than a pot de creme. Whatever you call it, it's nice and lemony and looks great served in these little pots.

Lemon Pot De Creme

4 egg yolks
grated zest of two lemons
1 envelope gelatin
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice, strained
4 T. water
Whipped cream to garnish

In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, grated lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar. Place over gently simmering water, and whisk until thickened.

Remove from heat, then beat with whip on medium speed until cold and thick.

In a small heatproof bowl, combine the gelatin and water, allowing to soak for about 5 minutes.

Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool

Whip the cream on medium speed until it just holds it shape. Whisk the gelatin into the egg yolk mixture. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour into pot de creme cups. Chill


Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Oh you know me, anything with lemon in it! Delish! Thanks for the reminder, Martha! Hope you are feeling better each day!

Pondside said...

Cooked or not, these look divine.
I hope you're keeping cool and getting stronger every day - I believe that really good ice cream can be a great healer!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

My friend, your recipe for Lemon Pot De Creme sounds sooo good! looks truly divine in those gorgeous little pot de creme cups! This really would be a special dessert served to guests! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us today for Sunday Favorites! Well my friend, as you know, I have been vacationing from the blogs for the last couple of weeks but I see (by reading the above comments) that you have been under the weather? I do hope that you are feeling much better! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Carol said...

Sounds heavenly to me and in this heat who wants to bake anyhow. Hope you are doing better.

Rose H (UK) said...

Thank you Martha. I'm having some friends over for dinner next I know what to have for our sweet!
Hope you are still 'on the mend'.

Natasha in Oz said...

That looks wonderful! I love the recipe and the presentation in those sweet little cups is just beautiful. Thanks for this wonderful idea.

Best wishes,

Entertaining Women said...

I'll give this one a try. I have several sets of ramekins, and I'm always looking for a new way to use them. Thanks, and I'm glad that you visited my new blog post. Cherry Kay

jayayceeblog said...

Lemon is so refreshing when it's hot out and we're well over 100 here in Phoenix. The dessert looks delish and the little pots have me thinking of cruising the antique shops to look for some of my own, although I could simply use my grandmother's tea cups. Hmmmm.

Martha said...

teacups would be perfect for pot de creme -- and for a neat idea -- what about demitasse and using three of them with different flavors -- that would be fun -- and the little demitasse spoons to eat them with!

Beth said...

Martha, That sounds just divine! I love lemon, and everything you make and serve always looks stylish too.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This recipe caught my eye when I saw on my Google reader this weekend! I love lemon and refreshing desserts for summer. So nice that it doesn't have to be baked when you don't feel like turning on the oven also.

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