Tuesday, March 10, 2009

TWD - Lemon Cup Custard


This week, Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles, chose lemon cup custard as the TWD recipe. There had been some quite negative feedback on the TWD site where members had found the custard cups to be too eggy. I was curious to know what I would think.

The custards were a simple combination of warm milk infused with lemon zest (I also added some whole cloves which was one of the variations suggested by Dorie in the book), sugar and eggs. I made ¼ of the recipe which gave me 1 ½ ramekins. Even though I like creme caramel and crème brulee, I did not like this pudding at all. In fact, I threw it out without even giving my husband a taste of it. It was very eggy – I wonder if it was the ratio of egg to milk which was high, or maybe it was because it used egg white as well egg yolk – I don’t know. The lemon flavour was not overly pronounced and I could taste the subtleness of the cloves, but the egg was the predominant flavour. My custards also developed a slight skin on top and I have written in the past about my dislike of skins on baked puddings. Unfortunately, this is one of the few Dorie recipes I will not be making again. See what the other TWDers thought here.

On a positive note, our house is getting towards the completion stages. The painters are there doing the outside and starting on the inside. The tiler is also there this week. The kitchen is one of the last things to go in, but I will post some photos upon completion.

21 comments:

kim said...

sorry they weren't your thing... mine are in the fridge waiting for me to eat tonight, i'm very curious to try them!

pinkstripes said...

Too bad you didn't like it, but congratulations on your house.

Snooky doodle said...

I m not a fan of custards in general. this I surely won't try iy . thanks for your review :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

can't wait to see those kitchen photos! yeah, this custard wasn't my favorite either.

Food.Baby said...

It's a shame you didn't like these. Your builders will be sorry to leave considering all the yummy treats you've baked for them!

Engineer Baker said...

Sorry you weren't a big fan - cloves and lemon and custard sound wonderful. Kudos on nearly finishing off the house!

doughmesstic said...

Ick. i didn't like it much at all. We are not alone this week. Your pics are great though!

Megan said...

Yeah, it wasn't the greatest recipe so far, but at least we tried, right?

Jules Someone said...

Sorry you didn't like this. I'm kinda glad now that I skipped it.

Cakelaw said...

I read the feedback on the P&Q, which was mostly the same as yours. I haven't made these yet (will have to do it tonight), but I think I will try and up the ante on the lemon so it doesn't taste like egg so much.

Elyse said...

Sorry these didn't turn out so well. Nothing worse than an overly eggy dessert. On the bright side, congrats on nearing the completion of the house work!

Marthe said...

I didn't make these.... Too hard to bring to work with me!!

Jayne said...

I love the photo - at a quick glance, it looks kind of like a cross-ways slice of lemon. Sorry you didn't like the custard, and congratulations on the progress of your house!

Lillian said...

An awful lot of people weren't too fond of these. I guess I'm glad I didn't get to make them!

Jill said...

Good for you for giving it a try even though you didn't like it. I was scared away by the "eggy" comments!

Lynnylu said...

Congrats on your house. Sorry you didn't like the custards, but we can't all like everything. I have a problem with chocolate which is unfortunate because my husband loves everything chocolate.

Leslie said...

I wondered the same thing about including the egg whites. I might try it again with just yolks. I'm so glad you're getting close on the house! It will feel like an eternity until it's completed but will be so worth it. Can't wait to see the photos!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMM.....This dessert looks sublime!!!

Teanna said...

Sorry you weren't such a fan! I hope next week goes a bit better for you!

AmyRuth said...

Credit to you for trying the recipe and certainly there are many that you loved. So that's what makes the world go 'round. Right? I think there will be some celebrating when your house is finished. Congratulations.
AmyRuth

TeaLady said...

YaY!! A new house. Guess the house warming party won't include custard!!! Too bad you didn't care for it. Guess you have to like custard. Looks nice tho'.