Ahhh, the month of May. We get Mother’s Day, tulips, daffodils and Springtime all rolled into one month. It’s a good time to be a Mama. And to celebrate your own Mama!
You know your Mama best, but no matter what, I really think she’d love this lemon creme brûlée. It’s Springtime in a cute little ramekin, plus it’s so fancy. Your Mom deserves it!
If it were me, I would make a little picnic for you and Mama, and pack the chilled lemon creme brûlée for dessert. Toss the culinary torch in the picnic basket, and torch them on-site. (The sugar crust softens as it stands–torch creme brûlée just before serving, always).
Last year was my first Mother’s Day as a Mama, and it was everything I’d ever hoped for. I had a 2-week old infant who was nursing ’round the clock, but I snuck away to grocery shop alone. It was so glorious, even though I was only gone for 37 minutes. The people at the market noticed I’d been missing for 2 weeks and welcomed me back, with my tired eyes and baggy Mom clothes. If I remember correctly, the check-out guy at Trader Joe’s even gave me free flowers. Now that my sweet little babe is ONE, I’m looking forward to a more relaxed Mother’s Day this year. I want baby snuggles, lots of play time with my main girl, and I want to tickle her ribs until she has a laughing fit. It’s the best.
I love my girl.
But I also love lemon desserts. Especially mini lemon layer cakes.
But mostly lemon creme brûlée. Mostly.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mamas! <3
5 minPrep Time
40 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
- zest from 1 small lemon
- In a glass bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cream, 1/4 cup sugar and lemon zest.
- Pour into the ramekins. Place the ramekins in a 8 or 9" square glass baking dish. Make a water bath for them to cook in by pouring 2 cups of very hot water into the dish, or enough to come up about 1/2" on the sides of the ramekins.
- Bake at 300° for 40-50 minutes. The custards are done when only the middle is slightly jiggly.
- Cool the custards in the water bath, then cover them with plastic wrap before moving them to the fridge for at least 8 hours.
- When ready to caramelize the sugar with a kitchen torch, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over each custard. Melt the sugar with the torch until it is browned and hard. Serve immediately.
*Check out my WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER EGG WHITES section!