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RICH LEMON CUSTARD

February 22, 2012 10:53 pm 0 comments

Rich Lemon Custard is a super speedy pudding that is thick, soft, and creamy, having a wonderful zesty citrus flavor. This dish makes an exceptional old fashioned dessert with refreshing tang to any grand feast.

Lemons are versatile and can be used in any savory or sweet recipe. They are a great way to enhance the flavor of a dish for very little carbohydrate. Lemons are the most commonly used flavoring ingredient in the culinary arts, mostly used in many recipes from baking to sauce, making meat and vegetable dishes. They bring out their own natural tangy essence and bright aroma. Lemons are highly acidic and this acid reacts with different foods in different ways. They are also considered to be ‘flavor catalyst’, meaning that it interacts with the taste buds so that the flavors that follow are more distinct. When added to any dish, the flavor of lemon juice is outstanding and prominent.

Lemon juice is commonly used in marinades as this helps in tenderizing tougher meats as the acids helps dissolve connective tissues in meat. Do not add too much or marinating for too long as this causes the muscle fibers to get tougher. Hence use the right quantity only. The acid in lemon juice can also curdle milk, and while it can cause green vegetables to turn a drab olive color, it will help vegetables such as potatoes and turnips maintain their white color.

The rich lemon custard is truly tasty and quite easy to make. When done, the dish looks bright with flamboyant flavors and is eye catching. Yummmmm……very delicious to eat! Custard is a simple and easy to cook recipe. It has a variety of culinary preparations based on the mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk. Custard varies in consistency depending on how much egg or thickener is used. It can be from a thin pouring sauce (crème anglaise) to a thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs. Popularly made custards are the fruit custard, caramel custard, spicy coconut custard etc. Custards are commonly used as desserts or dessert sauces that typically include sugar and vanilla.

Custard refers to a wide variety of thickened dishes, especially in French cookery; the word custard (crème or crème moulee) refers only to egg-thickened custard. Not all custards are sweet. A quiche is a savory custard tart. Some kinds of timbale or vegetable loaf are made of a custard base mixed with chopped savory ingredients. Custard royale is thick custard cut into decorative shapes and used to garnish soup, stew or broth. Chawanmushi, Japanese savory custard, cooked and served in a small bowl or on a saucer.

For preparing this delectable, smooth and attractive creamy pudding, firstly pour the milk and cream into a heavy based sauce pan over moderate heat. Add the pared lemon zest and bring the milk and cream to a boil.

Mix the egg yolks and sugar together and gradually pour this mixture in the boiled liquid. Return the mixture to the pan. Cook the custard over a very low heat stirring constantly until it thickens. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the sauce through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Serve the custard either hot or chilled.

It is perhaps the most ideal rich lemon custard with intense lemon flavor and perfect texture. Generally makes an excellent chilled dessert on any hot summer day and an ideal hot dessert for winter days. To make this more attractive and eat this dish in most creative ways, you can spread it on scones, make little tartlets and put a raspberry or blueberry in the middle, bake a shortbread crust or just eat it plain. This dish makes a fluffy, pillowy soft pudding and is much lighter on the palate. The vibrant and vivacious flavors of this tangy rich lemon custard compliments the fluffy light golden sponge in a way that only self-saucing puddings can.

Lemon is an excellent ingredient and staple in every well-stocked kitchen. Lemons can be used to add flavor and nutrition to food, bring health and beauty to your skin and hair, and even freshen and deodorize your house. Lemons are high in vitamin C and beta carotenes. Vitamin C is important for the soft tissues of the body, such as the skin, gums and even the walls of the blood vessels. Vitamin C is also important for iron absorption from the gut. Beta carotenes are essential as antioxidants that help fight free radicals and for healthy eyes.

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