The Secret Lemon Custard Recipe (from a Professional Chef)

The Secret Lemon Custard Recipe (from a Professional Chef)

Lemon custard is a delicious dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth! Although you can vary custard recipes with different types of fruit, such as lime, orange, or tangerine, lemon is a classic flavor that is sure to be a fan-favorite.

Whether you are a beginner baker or you have plenty of experience, you’ll want to add this one to your recipe book. This lemon custard recipe is brought to you by none other than Martha Stewart. These Lemon Custard Cakes put a delicious spin on a classic recipe.

With all of us being in quarantine and following social media regulations, we are all learning new ways to kill boredom. I know one of my favorite things to do to pass the time is finding new recipes to bake and baking for my family. Baking is a really great way to get any stress off your mind and give yourself a set task to focus on, complete, and feel accomplished about.

If you’re unfamiliar with the works of Martha Stewart, or you simply want to just learn a couple of facts about her, she is actually America’s first made female billionaire. She has also created over 25,000 recipes for The Food Network. So, if you’re going to want to trust somebody’s cooking, it’s hers.

Therefore, if you are finding yourself having a craving for something sweet and you have a little extra time on your hands, why not try something new? This lemon custard recipe takes only 45 minutes to make (including the 20 minutes of prep work)!

Although this recipe requires the use of custard cups, which you can purchase here, it also gives you the option to make an actual cake if you do not have the definite and proper supplies. It makes 6 servings, so it’s perfect if you’re quarantined with family and even better if you’re by yourself (more for you)! Enjoy!

See also: 7 Classic Italian Ice Cream Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Lemon Custard Cakes

Although it is hard to get to the grocery store these days, many of these ingredients that are going to be used for this particular lemon custard recipe are standard kitchen essentials. This makes it even easier for you!

Your ingredients are:

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for custard cups
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest, (1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

These desserts are baked using a hot water bath, which results in helping them stay “creamy” and “custardy” underneath the gold cake top. The process is super easy and only takes 4 simple steps! The process is super easy and only takes 4 simple steps!

The steps are as followed:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set a kettle of water to boil. Butter six 6-ounce custard cups and place in a dish towel-lined baking dish or roasting pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until light; whisk in flour. Gradually whisk in lemon juice, then milk and zest.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Add to lemon batter and fold in gently with a whisk (batter will be quite liquid).
  4. Divide batter among prepared custard cups; place the baking dish in the oven and fill with boiling water to reach halfway up sides of cups. Bake until puffed and lightly browned (but pudding is still visible in the bottom), 20 to 25 minutes. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

A quick side-note from the chef: Baking the desserts in a hot-water bath keeps them creamy and custardy beneath their golden, cakey tops. If you do not have individual custard cups, bake the batter in an eight-inch square baking dish (or other shallow two-quart baking dish) for thirty to thirty-five minutes.

This particular lemon custard recipe has over 98 reviews, with over half of them being over five starts. So this recipe is sure to not disappoint your guests or even yourself when you make it. Be sure to let us know if you decide to create the one yourself!

Check out the recipe on Martha Stewart’s website here!