Saturday, June 2, 2007

raspberry lemon creams

raspberry lemon creams

for phyllo cups:
1 lb package of phyllo dough
2/3 cups sugar
2 sticks butter

for lemon curd:
(from epicurious)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
3/4 stick butter, cut into bits

for cream:
2 cups chilled whipping cream
3 tsp powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

for garnish:
1 pint raspberries
lemon zest

mini muffin tins
pastry bag
cooling rack

prepare lemon curd using the following method: whisk together juice, zest, sugar & eggs in a heavy saucepan. stir in butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of a whisk and first bubble appears in surface, about 8 minutes. transfer to a bowl and chill for at least one hour.

prepare phyllo cups using following method: melt butter. layer 6 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing with butter and sprinkling with sugar between layers. cut into squares big enough to lay in mini muffin tin cups. bake cups at 375 degrees until golden, about 10 minutes. cool on baking racks.

for filling: beat cream ingredients together until stiff peaks form. fold in lemon curd and beat briefly.

assembly: put filling into pastry bag and pipe into phyllo cups. garnish with raspberries and lemon zest. refrigerate until serving, but not longer than 6 hours.

makes about 48 pastries

after my tart issues, i needed to redeem my baking abilities. i have to say this recipe was a lot of work but really worth it. they make a pretty presentation and they taste excellent. i am glad i made my own lemon curd, it's easy and it tastes great. i am not glad i made the phyllo cups. they were a pain to make and i've heard a rumor you can buy them pre-made. i'd go for this next time.

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