Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lemon Cup Custard for Tuesdays with Dorie & Little Lemon Tea Cakes


The name Lemon Cup Custard, our recipe of the week for TWD chosen by Bridget of
The Way the Cookie Crumbles, got me in the mood for lemon big time! I love lemon, but I knew after reading the P&Q re: Lemon Cup Custard that this probably wouldn't be a favorite for me, I am not an egg fan, and this dessert was described by Dorie (yes, thee Dorie) as eggy. It's how it should be, okay? Eggy just gets me, I would love to love eggs, but for some reason never have, and on the few occasions I've had them I get tummy troubles, no flan, creme brulee, quiche (which always sounds so good with those savory combinations such as spinach mushroom and wild rice quiche -- man that sounds delicious -- but I just can't do eggy).


When I was in high school doing a short 'homestay' trip in Denmark the very sweet family that I stayed with knew no English, but they did know that their 'exchange student' (I wasn't really an exchage student for a whole semester or anything, just some time in the summer) had the box checked 'vegetarian' on the forms, so they made lots of egg dishes as a substitute for meat (I'm guessing?) Our first night there the family made a huge dinner centered on a giant eggy quiche type dish with oodles of eggs. I would never want to appear rude so ate the whole giant helping they served me, and I got sick, green around the gills, people asking if I needed to go to the hospital sick. All for the eggy.


Anyway, I don't want to ever miss a TWD so I soldiered on making these Lemon Cup Custards. I halved the recipe and skipped the straining and water bath, just really didn't think it mattered that much since these were just for us at home and not a special dinner party or something. I am hoping my kids might like them but they are sitting in the fridge right now, not sure what the reaction will be but I will let you know if we have any custard fans, don't worry!


A fun thing about making this recipe was that I got to use my cute little baking flower pot cups :)


These are the baked custard photos, the first photo was before going in the oven, sorry my pictures are all out of order, I just like that first one best!

Since I was in the lemon mood thanks to the title of this recipe I made some Lemon Cream Cheese Tea Cakes in my new Nordic Ware Seashell Tea Cakes Pan I know on amazon it says Sea Shell TeaCakes, but the pan packaging says Seashell Tea Cakes, really, why do I even notice these things?



Anyway...I bought this (gasp) nearly $40 pan when it came out months ago and have never used it. I'm not feeling guilty though because I know when summer rolls around I will be using it more, think of all the cute beach themed parties, making sea shell chocolates with the kids, etc., right?

So here is a random lemon muffin recipe I fiddled with that turned out surprisingly delicious...

Lucious Lemon Cream Cheese Tea Cakes


1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese at room temperature (really it does need to be soft, I know I sometimes try to cheat and microwave cream cheese, but I've gotten into the habit of really letting it get to room temperature on its own and the results are so much better)

1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
zest and juice from one lemon


Mix the egg and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the cream cheese, milk, oil, and lemon juice and zest. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until well combined. Spoon into tea cake pan...



Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, this makes about 3 pans worth of mini tea cakes (about the size of a mini muffin, maybe a touch smaller). Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cooled and removed from pan.




Thank you for visiting TWD friends, I hope you all enjoyed your custard for me :) now time to start working on to our next TWD pick, French Yogurt Cake -- ohh la la, that one sounds delicious!

17 comments:

Jules Someone said...

Those cakes are adorable! I didn't even try the custard. Ah well.

pinkstripes said...

I love the seashell pan and the baking flower pots. The lemon tea cakes sound delicious.

Tracey said...

Your pots are so cute! I love them.

Natashya said...

I love that pan!!!!
Beautiful little tea cakes, I hope that the kids like the custards. I was thinking of you when I noticed the eggyness.

Megan said...

What a fun pan! I hope you get to use it more often now, the kids will smile every time they see a "shell cake".

Clivia said...

You've really turned this recipe into a whole tea party buffet! Everything looks delicious. Well done.

Flourchild said...

I love your seashell tarts! I made tarts too, but there not as cute as your shells!

Maria said...

Love the little tea cakes, they are adorable!

n.o.e said...

I love this post for the specialty bakeware alone! Seriously, flower pots and sea shells? Too cute! Those tea cakes sound scrumptious, I'm bookmarking them. And I certainly hope you find someone to enjoy the custards - they look great.
Nancy

Flourchild said...

I just had to say Hey again and thank you for the lovely comment. You always leave the nicest thoughts for me. I really enjoy your blog and seeing you on my blog. I love that you can appreciate those moments with our kids and know that is what lifes about!
Thank you for your online friendship!

Pamela said...

Those tea cakes are fabulous! Oh, the possibilities! Nice job on both the cakes and the custard. I think the flower pot cups are great, too.

Teanna said...

AH!!! How cute is that pan! I WANT it! Those cakes are adorable!

Jayne said...

I've seen that Nordicware pan and was SO tempted to buy it. Now I'm tempted again - love the little seashell tea cakes!! And your little flower pots are cute, too!

Kayte said...

I love those little pots you made the custard in...looks so cute, maybe I could learn to like custard if I could eat it out of one of those little pots! OMW...those teacakes Tea Cakes are so adorable...I think I will be needing one of those very soon. Thanks for the recipe! Great job...lots of lemon over here: my favorite flavor! On to next week! I bought my ingredients today...and don't think my hand didn't hesitate over the Lemon Yogurt instead of the Plain Yogurt, but I played nicely and got the one Dorie said to get.....LOL.
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TeaLady said...

Those pots are adorable. I have one, but it is just plain white. Maybe I could paint it....


Your custard looks just perfect. Good for you to make it even tho you don't 'do' eggs.

Debinhawaii said...

I love the little flower pots and the little seashell tea cakes are adorable. The fact that they are lemon makes them all the better!

Jacque said...

Way to be a trooper and make the TWD recipe even knowing you wouldn't be thrilled with it.

Your little tea cakes look adorable. That pan is awesome!

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