St. Patrick's Baking

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lemony Fruit Dessert Cups

The perfect end to a 4th of July barbeque!

I am doing my menu planning with I'm an Organizing Junkie. So, here is my menu this week:

Also, $5 Dinners inspires us all to make low cost dinners. In that spirit, I am taking what Pick N Save has on sale, pairing it with coupons and coming up with the tastiest money saving around! Lemons were on sales at Pick N Save for .59/each (normally 75/each)and they are HUGE! The strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream was on sale too! So, I grabbed a bunch of all of those to make my featured recipe today:

Lemony Fruit Dessert Cups
1 cup sugar
Zest of 3 lemons
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 cup Lemon juice
5 oz unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
18 dessert cups
1 lb strawberries
1 lb blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any mixture of berries desired
8 oz whipped cream
Mint sprigs for garnish
Powdered sugar for garnish

1. Prepare and ice-water bath. Set a medium bowl in ice-water bath and set aside.

2. Place sugar and lemon zest in a mortar and grind with a pestle to combine and release the oils. Transfer sugar mixture to a medium heatproof bowl along with eggs and egg yolks; whisk to combine. Place over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until sugar has dissolved. Add lemon juice and continue whisking until mixture is thick and reaches 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add butter and whisk until well combined.

3. Strain lemon mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over prepared bowl. Cover lemon curd with plastic wrap, pressing plastic wrap directly onto surface. Transfer to refrigerator until completely chilled.

4. To plate, take one dessert cup and fill the center with a scoop of lemon curd. Top with strawberries and/or blueberries. Finish with a dallop of whipped cream and garnish with mint and a shake of powdered sugar.

Servings: 18

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/18 of a recipe (5 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 2 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270.91
Calories From Fat (34%) 90.92
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10.28g 16%
Saturated Fat 5.49g 27%
Cholesterol 145.75mg 49%
Sodium 113.94mg 5%
Potassium 140.55mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Fiber 1.37g 5%
Sugar 29.23g
Protein 4.46g 9%

Recipe Type
Dessert, Summer

This same recipe can be used to make any flavor curd by substituting another acid for the lemon. For example, I made passion fruit curd for an ICM challenge but you could do orange, lime or any other tropic fruit juice.

Author: Susan Ewing


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Candi said...

That sounds so refreshing!

Mrs. Blue said...

Ummm, I love, love, love lemon so those lemony things sound lemony lovely!!! :)

Melissa B. said...

My kids LOVE lemon, and I'm going to have them both home next weekend. Guess what I'll be making?

EmmaP said...

i love lemon desserts. i say the only thing that makes lemons better is blueberries! can't wait to try this!

Mamie said...

That sounds like a delicious summer dessert!

Mamie said...

That sound like a delicious summer dessert!

Amy said...

that just sounds so yummy...

Alicia said...

YUM! I love everything lemon!!!!

debi9kids said...

OMGosh! That sounds absolutely delicious! I can't wait until you post the pic so I can SEE how yummy it looks :)

vanzare masini said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

cat said...

Looks stunning. I am worried about you girl - why are you so quiet?

Frizzy said...

I can't figure out why my blog roll isn't updating your posts. It shows you as not sharing something for 5 weeks! I'm sorry I've missed out on so many fun things. Those recipes look so good!

blueviolet said...

Those look absolutely delicious, but more importantly, you've been gone from the blog for a long, long time and I'm worried about you.

Just want to make sure everything is ok!!

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