Lemon Puffs

 

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These little beauties are lemon puffs. I’ve already shared with you in my last post how to prepare the lemon curd which fills the flaky layers of baked puff pastry. The baked sugary puff pastry has a flaky crunch as you bite down and then you taste the smooth but tart lemon curd. The whipped cream is the cherry on top. It is a very refreshing bite or two, it won’t take you long to eat and you’ll wish you could start over. The lemon puffs are so pretty; anyone would think they had taken hours to prepare. They look just beautiful on a dessert tray line with a white paper doily. These lemon puffs will make your next tea party or any occasion extra special. I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.

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Gather your ingredients.

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Roll your puff pastry just slightly and trim the ends to make the pastry even. Then measure 2″x 4″ pieces.

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Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Egg wash and sprinkle one pan with sugar one pan plain. Bake in a pre-heated 4oo degree oven 10-12 minutes. Till golden brown.

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Remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Assemble by putting a layer of lemon curd on a plain baked puff pastry. Top with a baked sugared puff pastry. Dust with powdered sugar , top with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Sprinkle on a little freshly grated lemon zest.

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Lemon Puffs

2 sheets of puff pastry, I use Pepperidge Farm

1 egg beaten with a few drops of water for egg wash

Lemon curd

Freshly whipped whip cream

Lemon zest to sprinkle over whipped cream

To prepare the puff pasrty

Sprinkle a little flour on a work surface and rolling pin. Roll the puff pastry even. With a ruler cut the pastry 2”wide by 4” long place pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a pastry brush apply egg wash to the tops of the pastry. Then sprinkle half with sugar and leave half plain. The plain will be the bottoms and sugared will be the tops. Makes 15 lemon puffs

Lemon Curd

8 oz. unsalted butter

1 pound granulated sugar

5 lemons, grated zest and juice from all of the lemons

6 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks, beaten

Cook over double boiler water should just be simmering. Melt the butter then add the sugar, juice and zest from the lemons. Slowly add the eggs stirring constantly about 20 minutes. The mix will become thick and get thicker as it cools.

Fresh Whipped Cream

8 oz. heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To Assemble

Place the plain piece of baked puff pastry on a plate top with lemon curd. Place the sugared piece of baked puff pastry on the top. Sift on a small dusting of confectioner’s sugar. Add a dollop of the fresh whip cream to the top and a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest.

Bakers note: If you want less puff pastry you can cut one piece in half and fill with the lemon curd and top with the cream.

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Lemon Curd

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The recipe for this lemon curd is so rich and delicious. I love the deep yellow color that appears as the curd becomes thick. It takes a little patience at the stove stirring, but is well worth the effort. This lemon curd was made at the tearoom I had worked several years ago. It went between two sugared and baked rectangles of puff pastry and topped with fresh whip cream.  On the menu it was called a lemon puff. It was a refreshing and delicious little treat. I could however, seriously skip the dessert and just eat the lemon curd until I was full. The lemon curd goes beautifully with scones as well as toast. It is a very special treat, one that I love to serve at tea parties. I have even given it to my guests in little jars as a gift to take home with them. It is always appreciated.  I will be sharing the lemon puffs recipe for you in my next post.

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Melt the butter over a double boiler. I used a pot and a bowl. Just have the water on low heat to simmer.

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Add the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

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Slowly stir in the eggs.

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Stir continuously about 20 minutes.

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Curd will coat the back of a wooden spoon when it’s done. It will thicken more as it cools.

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Strain through a sieve.

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Pour into your favorite jars. Seal and store in the refrigerator.

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Lemon Curd Recipe

8 oz. butter

16 oz. granulated sugar

5 lemons, freshly squeezed

Zest of 5 lemons

6 eggs and 2 egg yolks, whisked together

Melt the butter over a double boiler over low heat. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir with a wooden spoon to incorporate the ingredients. Slowly stir in the eggs, stir continually as you incorporate. Continue to stir over low heat. It will take about 20 minutes for the curd to become thicker and a deep yellow color. The back of the wooden spoon should have a thin coating of the curd that coats the spoon.

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Key Lime Pie

Key lime
Key Lime Pie

This tart and creamy pie has become a family favorite over the last few years. It seems even when I have a guest who doesn’t think they will like it, I’m able to win them over.  It is so creamy and the graham cracker crust gives it a nice crunch. Just serve a small piece it is a rich dessert.

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Key lime pie
Key Lime pie

Key Lime Pie

Graham cracker crust:

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

Crush the graham cracker to crumbs. I used a zip lock bag and a rolling pin. You could also use a food processor. Put the crumbs in a bowl, mix the sugar into the crumbs and pour the melted butter over the crumb and sugar mixture. Mix with your hands to coat all the crumbs with the butter. Press crumbs into a 9” pie dish that you have ever so lightly buttered. Bake 10-12 minutes, just till golden.

Filling:

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk at room temperature

1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

½ cup lime juice

Grated zest of one lime

Beat the eggs for 2 minutes, then slowly pour the condensed milk into the beaten eggs and continue mixing another 3 minutes. Add the lime juice and zest. Mix for 1more minute. Bake 350 for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Top with freshly whipped cream.

Topping:

Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of lime zest

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Millionaire Shortbread

Millionaire Shortbread
Millionaire Shortbread

This dessert has three of my favorite ingredients: Shortbread, caramel, and chocolate. I only eat a very small bite and chew it thoroughly to savor all the flavors and texture. When you bite into this heavenly bar you immediately taste the chocolate, then the creamy rich flavor of the caramel and the buttery crunch of the shortbread crust. It is to die for. I first had this dessert at a lovely tea room. It was served on a delicate china plate with black tea in a matching china tea cup. It was the perfect ending to the little tea sandwiches, mini quiche, and sausage rolls that were served as part of the afternoon tea. I now make this dessert to serve at tea parties that I host in my home. I serve it in small bites as it is a very decadent dessert.

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DSCF4958Over medium heat stir to dissolve sugar and melt the butter. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce to a low heat and cook gently while stirring about 5 minutes. Caramel with slightly thicken.

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Millionaire Shortbread

Shortbread:

2 Sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces

½ Cup of granulated sugar

2 ¼ Cups self-rising flour

In a medium bowl combine the flour and sugar stir the mixture with a whisk. Rub the butter into the flour mixture. Press into a 9×13 inch baking. Bake 30-40 minutes. Shortbread will be golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Caramel:

2 Sticks unsalted butter

1 Cups sugar

4 Tablespoons Lyles golden syrup

13.5 oz. Can sweetened condensed milk

Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Heat gently until the sugar is dissolved. Stirring constantly bring the mixture to a boil. Keep stirring and reduce to low heat, cook very slowly and gently for 5 minutes. Mixture will slightly thicken. Pour the caramel over the cooled shortbread crust.

Chocolate:

8 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Pour over cooled caramel. Let set to harden. Cut into squares.

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