Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Easy Lemon Curd and Creme Anglaise Tartelettes

This is so easy and so tasty, if you make them once, you'll make them often. It's easy to make each ingredient yourself, but almost everything can be store-bought too and all you'll have to do is assemble.

You can purchase empty tartelette cups from some grocery stores, most bakery shops, or you can also use your favorite ready-made pie crust from a box, cut out circles and line them into muffin cups if you don't have the fancy tartelette molds. Pre-bake for about 5-10 minutes in a low oven until golden. Be sure not to over-bake.

Fill some tartelettes with lemon curd, some with creme Anglaise, some with both. Lemon curd is available in the jam section or follow the easy directions below. Creme Anglaise is one of the easiest recipes possible and is often one of the first things taught in pastry classes. Follow the link to my post from Sunday for the Easy and Frugal Creme Anglaise Recipe.

The result are delicious bite-sized morsels of sweet goodness , and it's all so easy to assemble your children can do it for you. You can decorate with fruit such as raspberries or blueberries as an option or for more variations.

Easy Lemon Curd
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
1 1/2 cup sugar
5 eggs, well beaten

Melt butter in a saucepan (do not brown!), add lemon juice and sugar, stirring well until sugar is melted. Add eggs and finely grated lemon zest and continue stirring constantly until thickened, for about 20 minutes. Fill tartelettes and refrigerate. Any left over lemon curd can be refrigerated in a glass jar.

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  1. This looks so good, anything lemon and you have my number!

  2. I've made lemon curd & custard before, but I would have never thought to put them in tartelettes - what a clever idea! These will be perfect a baby shower I have coming up :)

  3. I love seeing your dessert recipes. They are always beautiful and easy. Two things that are key. :) Thanks for sharing them with Tasty Tuesday.

  4. Thank you, all.

    KC: These ARE perfect for baby showers, and spring teas too. There are all sorts of easy ways to fill the tartelettes too, just think of them as bite-sized pies.

    Jen: Glad to have found you via Tamy at 3 Sides Of Crazy.

  5. That looks great and looks like something you'd see at a posh party. I might have to put that on my baking wednesday list! YUM! Thanks for stopping by my page!


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