Lemon Pots de Creme
    Servings Prep Time
    6servings 25minutes
    Cook Time
    Servings Prep Time
    6servings 25minutes
    Cook Time
    Make ahead, silky Lemon Pots de Creme are the ideal light and refreshing dessert while still insistently lemony and luxuriously creamy! A must this spring or summer!
    • 2tablespoons lemon zest
    • 3/4cup fresh lemon juice
    • 3/4cup granulated sugardivided
    • 3-1/2cups heavy cream
    • 2teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 10 large egg yolks
    1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Begin boiling a large pot of water that will be used in your water bath. Place 6 4 oz. ramekins in a large roasting pan or baking dish with high sides.
    2. In a small saucepan, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10-15 minutes; set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cream and 1/4 cup of the sugar, and bring to just below boiling. Remove from the heat.
    4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth. Slowly whisk a ladleful of the hot cream into the yolks to temper then slowly/ gradually whisk the yolk mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the cream. Cook (still off heat) stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 170°F on an instant-read thermometer, 3 to 4 minutes until its thick.
    5. Stir in the reserved lemon syrup and vanilla extract. Strain immediately through cheesecloth or a fine sieve then divide the mixture evenly between the ramekins. (I strain mine into a very large pouring measuring cup so I can pour directly after straining – you could also use a pitcher.)
    6. Pour enough prepared boiling water into the roasting pan around the ramekins so it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Lay a long sheet of foil over the ramekins (no need to crimp edges) and bake 30-45 minutes – until the custards are set about ¼ inch from the sides but the center still jiggles. The center of the custards should register 150° to 155°F on an instant-read thermometer.
    7. Remove custards from oven and let them cool IN their water bath to room temperature. Remove from water bath, cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 8 hours, best if 24.
    8. Garnish with whipped cream and plenty of berries.
    1. You can make custards up to 2 days in advance and refrigerate covered with plastic until ready to serve.