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Lemon custard

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by Ada Parisi
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Crema pasticcera al limone

Lemon custard: perfect recipe to get a soda custard, shiny and with an intense flavor. Easy and quick to do as you see in the VIDEO RECIPE step by step. Custard is one of the basic recipes of Italian pastry, perfect for filling cakes, tarts and biscuits. But it is also excellent served alone, to be enjoyed by the spoon, with fresh fruit and whipped cream. In short, a good custard is irreplaceable. And surely it will be useful to you. You can try it in the TART WITH CREAM AND APPLES, or the one with BERRIES. Or in that BLANKET WITH JAM or in the wonderful GRANDMOTHER'S CAKE.

Pastry cream, all variants

Of course you can flavor it as you like. This is the recipe for lemon custard, flavored with organic lemon zest. But you can also use a vanilla bean or orange peel. Or use liqueur such as limoncello. You can also add chopped or creamed dark chocolate to the custard, instant coffee, cream or neutral paste of hazelnuts or pistachio. In short, You can pick any.

A few simple tips for a perfect custard: use whole milk and cream for a thicker, shinier cream. When you heat the milk do not let it come to a boil, so as not to obtain a cream with an unpleasant taste of cooked milk. Use organic lemon zest. The trick to prepare the lemon custard in a few minutes is to prepare on one side a mixture based on egg yolks, sugar and flour, on the other hand, add the already hot milk to the mixture. In this way the cream, once put on the fire, it will thicken in a moment.

The cream diplomatic

I remind you that, if you want to lighten the custard, you can add to the cold cream of whipped cream in the measure of 250-500 grams of whipped cream per liter of custard. In this case, the cream will take the name of diplomatic cream.

Crema pasticcera al limone


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


750 ml whole milk

250 ml of cream

organic lemon peel

6 egg yolks

120-150 grams of sugar

80 grams of 00 flour or cornstarch (corn starch) or starch

to taste you can also use / or vanilla, Orange Zest, cinnamon, cardamom or flavor pastry cream with pistachio cream, coffee, hazelnut or chocolate



Lemon custard

Lemon custard is very easy to make. First pour the milk and cream into a saucepan, add the grated lemon zest and heat over very low heat, without bringing to a boil. Look at VIDEO RECIPE to understand the correct procedure.

While heating the milk, put the egg yolks and sugar in a saucepan, mix with a hand whisk or an electric whisk until the mixture is whitish, then add the cornstarch and a pinch of salt. You have to get a homogeneous compound. Pour slowly the hot milk (if you want to remove the lemon peel you can filter the liquid before adding it to the egg yolk mixture, sugar and flour), always stirring fast.

When you have poured all the mixture of milk and cream obtaining a liquid without lumps, put the saucepan on the fire and cook over very low heat always stirring until the cream has thickened. It will take a few minutes. Once the cream will be dense, let simmer for a minute always stirring, so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot and pour it into a bowl.

Cover with cling food film and let cool completely. Store the custard in the refrigerator until ready to use it. Before using it to fill cake, tarts or pastries, beat the cream vigorously with a whisk for less to make it soft and shiny. Bon appétit!

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