Lemon creme brulee for a great Mother's Day dessert for two.
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 brulee 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).
This is the torch I use. I love it because it's tiny.
Mother's Day and Lemon Creme Brulee:
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.
Plus, lemon cheesecake bars, and anything made with my microwave lemon curd. I wouldn't mind waking up to a small batch of lemon scones, too!
But mostly this lemon creme brulee. Mostly. Fine, I'll take all of the lemon desserts today!
Happy Mother's Day, Mamas! <3
Lemon Creme Brûlée
Two ramekins of creme brulee.
- 3 large egg yolks
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
- zest from 1 small lemon
- In a glass bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cream, ¼ 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 ½" 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.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 438mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 13g
Meena Thennaapan says
Congratulations! Welcome to the Momma Club.
Yvonne king says
Congratulations Christina and proud daddy. I wish you lots of joy, love and energy for your new baby girl.
Kristina @ Love & Zest says
I just love this! I agree with you, labor freaks me out and it's best just not to think about it. Good to hear you made it!
Hey girl-congrats on your new bundle of joy!! I'm so happy for you!! God has made such a beautiful gift for you and your husband! God has his perfect timing when things are to come about!! Enjoy your day!!
Congratulations on your precious baby and thank you for taking the time yo write for us.
Congratulations!!! Enjoy every second :) I'm super impressed you're back to posting! And yeah, I've never been pregnant... but I do not understand how people don't know!
Congratulations on your sweet one Christina! Lemon is my favorite citrus to use in the spring so I plan to try this recipe soon!
Carol Faulkner says
Really...........I have to listen to a Verizon ad over and over to look at your recipes?
Christina Lane says
Thanks for complaining. I sent your complaint to my ad manager and the ads are being removed. My current ad strategy is to block all ads that make sounds. However, ad companies are constantly changing their codes and slipping through the cracks with audible ads. As soon as they are noticed on my site, they are immediately removed.
Feel free to complain anytime.
Could you add a dash of lemon oil to give it a more lemony "kick"? And how did you get the yellow color? A drop of food color? Or does the zest sort of "melt" to give it that color?
Christina Lane says
Sure, Michelle. But not more than 1 drop. I'd hate for the oil to cause any separation. I obviously didn't make this recipe with lemon oil, so I can't guarantee the results, but it sounds lovely.
There is no food dye in this recipe.
You can ramble anytime you want! I might not be a mom, but I have tremendous respect for those who are, so I can't even imagine what that feeling must be once you have a babe of your own. Congrats, congrats again, and happy first Mother's Day!