Tuesday, March 10, 2009
TWD - Lemon Cup Custard
Hey there sports fans, bet you were starting to think that I wouldn't make TWD this week. Ha! I have left it to very close to the deadline, but there's nothing like a little adrenaline to give a girl a natural high.
Our host this week is Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles, and she has chosen Dorie's Lemon Cup Custard. Because I left this so late, I had the benefit of reading everyone else's comments on the P&Q, and of seeing some actual posts, and I was kinda unethused after reading them. A lot of people did not like this because it is, at its heart, a baked egg custard. I remember my Mum's baked custard, which was not my favourite thing - it was generally bland, lumpy and curdled looking.
However, because I was only making custard for one (therefore a quarter of all of the ingredients), I felt that I did not have much to lose in giving it a burl - and I am so glad that I did! Perhaps I am an odd bod, because I wasn't enthused by the Caramel Crunch Bars, which most people loved, but I really enjoyed this - which most people either did not like or were pretty luke-warm about. But hey, that's the joy of having a diverse group of like-minded people with different tastes and interpretations of the same recipe, and is one of the things that makes TWD fun.
I made the recipe straight down the line, with no extra lemon oil, so it was only very faintly lemony, and I used skim milk ('cause that is the only type I have). And I still loved it!! It is oh so smooth and melt in the mouth. Sure, it's an egg custard, but I did not find it overbearingly eggy (cf the Floating Islands), and there was no unpleasant eggy aftertaste. My custard behaved itself in a very lady-like fashion in the oven, setting up nicely within the the alotted time in the recipe.
Would I make this again? Sure - and it's actually less fussy than making pouring custard, which requires the devotion of substantial time in continuously stirring until it thickens, while this pretty much looks after itself.
Thanks to Bridget for being our host this week. You can check out how the other TWDers went with Lemon Cup Custard by checking out the TWD blogroll.