This is a very appropriate time to use the phrase, “When life gives you lemons,” wouldn’t you agree? For those of us in LA county, we’ve been directed to self-quarantine due to the global pandemic since the weekend of March, Friday the 13th. This order is obviously made in the attempt to protect the public, and while it’s challenging to be limited in where we can go and have our routines overturned, as a Libra I always like to find the sparks of positivity because why the hell not? So I decided to try a new recipe and made lemon pots de crème out of lemons.
The below ingredients serves 4 in standard 6 oz ramekins.
1 cup of strawberries
2 lemons, zested
6 egg yolks
1 cup of milk
3/4 cup of heavy cream (combine 1/3 butter with 3/4 cup of milk in a heated saucepan if you don’t have heavy cream)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp of turbinado sugar for dusting
1/8 tsp of salt
Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
Separate the yolks for the 6 eggs. (Save the whites to make a delicious scramble later!)
If you don’t have heavy cream at hand, here’s where you’ll want to make some by combining the butter and 3/4 cup of milk in a pot. Add salt and a half cup of milk into the pot and bring to a simmer.
Boil a kettle of water. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the egg yolks, lemon zest, and remaining half cup of milk.
Slowly whisk in the heated milk mixture into the medium-sized bowl.
Pour the mixture into the ramekins evenly. If you’re like me and need some help pouring, I poured my bowl of mixture into a large measuring cup instead. This let me pour it easily into each ramekin neatly.
Place the ramekins into a deeper set baking dish and place it in the oven.
Pour the boiling water into the baking dish until it reaches halfway up the ramekins.
Cover the ramekins with foil and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
Once cooked through, leave the ramekins out to cool.
Keep them in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.
Once you’re ready to eat, place some sliced strawberries and sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.
Everyone, please stay safe, meaning stay home. Be well and don’t be stupid. What we’re going through now really goes to show how connected every one of us is.