Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lemon Cream Cutie Gratins






Let’s go through my purse –K-

Alright…I am opening it right now. I am really hurting to come up with a blog post and figured I would share the contents of my purse. Here we go yo.

32 Gum Wrappers, Juicy Fruit. I have no excuse except an intense addiction to chewing gum. I used to chew gum while smoking (gave that up), but now you can even find me chewing gum while enjoying some vino. I have no shame…actually I do but like I said I am scrambling for a bloggy post here.










Also in my purse..

6 small Candy Canes.. My go to item for car melt downs involving my toddler.

A bag of crackers..My go to item for car melt downs involving my toddler.

A My Little Pony..My go to item for car melt downs involving my toddler.

Sleeping Pills..My go to item for….just joking. You know what else is a joke, yo momma. I also have an intense addiction to saying yo momma at any opportunity. I hope you still want to be friends..maybe this recipe can help my cause.











INGREDIENTS (makes 4-6)

Delightfully borrowed from Tartelette

1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup finely grated lemon zest
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 Tb fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
10-14 cuties, peeled and cut into segments
1/4 cup brown sugar mixed with 1/4 cup white sugar for the top.











DIRECTIONS


Bring the milk and the zest to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and let stand to infuse for 10 minutes.










Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow in a large mixing bowl. This can be done totally by hand. Add the flour and salt and whisk until just blended. Slowly add the warm milk to the egg mixture, whisking as you go along to prevent the eggs from curdling. Return the mixture on the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium high heat until it becomes thick.











Remove from the heat as soon as you see the first boiling bubbles on the surface. Pour the custard into a bowl, stir in the lemon juice and let cool to room temperature, whisking from time to time.











Beat the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, add the cream cheese and whisk until both are well combines. Add the whipped cream mixture to the cooled custard and fold gently to bring both masses together.











Divide the cutie segments among 4 dishes. Divide the custard mixture over each gratin dish. Sprinkle all evenly with the brown sugar/white sugar mixture and use a blow torch to caramelize the tops.











PS – If you are uncool, like me..preheat the oven to 425F and broil the custards 2 to 4 minutes until lightly browned.





42 comments:

Peggy said...

Oh my! This looks like one fancy dessert! Definitely different and unique! I'm diggin' it!

Monet said...

What a beautiful dessert. I loved the picture of the cream dripping off the whisk. Just stunning! I am impressed that you bared your purse for us! I don't even want to think about what is in mine :-)

Evan B said...

That last picture is exactly what this dessert would look like if I got my hands on it! Don't you just love going through your purse? ha I can't imagine what you'd find in mine!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love citrusy desserts and this one looks justv heavenly! Luscious.

Cheers,

Rosa

egbkid said...

This looks so summery, perfect on a winter day like today!

Val said...

I think you and I were separated at birth!!

Raina said...

You are so funny. So many times, I get stuck thinking about what to write for my posts. I never thought to look in my purse..lol I would just find a bunch of tissues and crumpled up receipts:)

This recipe looks wonderful. I have never tried anything like this but it sounds yummy.

Mary said...

Your lemon cremes look delightful. Almost as delightful as the humor in today's post. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Taylor said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one with a gum addiction! And these gratins - so tasty looking! They look like a great dessert to brighten up this dreary winter weather!

Marisa Midori said...

My purse had half a bag of caramel apple hershey's kisses in it for several months because I kept forgetting about them. And they weren't neatly in the bag but just floating around the bottom of my purse. It was a mess. Like yo momma.

This looks delicious! I'll eat any dessert involving lemon.

(That "torch me baby" picture just makes me think of the part in Mulan when Mushu is like "Light me!" to Cri-kee. Anyone? Anyone? Just me being a dork? Ok.)

Roxan said...

that's so funny... just last week my coworker took a picture of her purse's contents, edited the photo with numbers and listed out everything. I took a picture too but haven't gotten around to making the list yet! You're motivating me to do so though.

These gratins look delicious! Can I have one? :)

Faith said...

DElish!!!! My purse is an embarassing mix of stuff I need to throw away, weird stuff I take to work with me (hello forks and spoons in the purse) and a bag of coughdrops that opened and are stickily gathering everything to it.

Rosemary said...

You crack me up! But the lemon cuties don't . . great way to celebrate Chinese New Year. Supposed to be a "quiet, positive and inspiring year." Perfect.

Kim said...

Holy cow does this lemon cream look terrific! I love smooth and creamy desserts like this one.


p.s. I happened to look in my purse this morning and found a fruit salad from yesterday's lunch. I guess I was going to save it for later and forgot? Ewwwww...

Jenn said...

LOL...you crack me up Jen! Yo momma..lol!!
The gratins look really good... I really wish I had one right now. Though I love chocolate, lemon flavor desserts are next in line!

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

I know I say this every time.... but I love coming to your blog and seeing this gorgeous sunny pictures!

Ali said...

How could I possibly pass up a dessert with the word "cutie" in it? I mean, really.

Holly said...

These look delectably delicious!! I would hate to have to tell the contents of my purse-I dont even know whats in there;)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Rofl! Omgosh I love you Jennifer for this- "Sleeping Pills..My go to item for….just joking."

Oh and where did you get your top quote? Did you make it up? I want to borrow it for my life motto lol.

Laura

The Cooking Photographer said...

Oh and pretty pictures and pretty lemon cream cutie gratins!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Too funny! I wouldn't be so brave to list the inside on my purse - heavens no!

LOVE this lemon treat - it's beautiful!

teresa said...

i would buy a torch just for this dish! i love the cuties, and the flavors.

lol, isn't it amazing how much we pack in case of meltdown emergency. it definitely comes in handy!

Emily said...

Yummm. The perfect way to use up all of this citrus.

Haha you make me laugh. I like that you carry about candy canes for your toddler.

Beth said...

Your gratins are adorable! When it's this cold, I just can't get enough citrus. Yeah, I'm pretty uncool too.

How To Be Perfect said...

This recipe looks lovely and this post made me giggle, I too carry candy in my bag but just for my own meltdowns. x

Brownieville Girl said...

Give me one of these and I'll be your friend forever!!

Barbara said...

I would not care to share what's in my purse...it could get ugly....although yours has more food for toddlers. It's been a while, but I remember. :)

It's a yummy cutie cream for sure. Love the citrus and the cream cheese.

Anne said...

What beautiful pictures, I love the lemon zest! My purse is a danger zone, I bet I would find at least five lip glosses!

Pam said...

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard... it looks THAT good.

Amanda said...

mmmmmm, amazing! i am majorly craving one of these.

mr. pineapple man said...

I would have licked that little bowl if I was you!

Chocolate Freckles said...

This looks really awesome!!!

Tracy said...

These look amazing!

PS Yo momma. ;-)

BakingWithoutaBox said...

I laughed my butt off at the contents of your purse. The gum I get. I'm addicted. But the My Little Pony. Yo momma. Giggle. Super cute you are and that little Indigo.
That tart looks freakin amazing!

ladymorgiana said...

OMG so amazing :) I want some right now :)
Thank you for kind welcome at Chef's Dennis blog :)

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness - please send one of these my way!!

Foodiva said...

Yo momma, these lemon creams sure do look awesome! Your purse contents are similar to mine about 10 years ago (when my daughter was 3), except the sleeping pills were real ;-).

Eliana said...

Love all the stuff in your purse! And love this little bowl of deliciousness.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I think I need to go clean out my purse. :) Love your little lemon cutie custards!

Chef Dennis said...

what a gorgeous little tartlette! I love lemon cream and those orange slices must have been heaven in that mixture.
I have to admit that I say yo mama to my wife about everything, some days it really annoys her....lol
hope your having a great weekend
Dennis

Monica H said...

Yo momma! I love to say that too, but only to my husband. ha!

Katie Mar said...

lol! i like hearing what others carry in their purses.

this looks like a fancy dessert they serve in restaurants... only way better:)