Fresh Berries with Lemon Cream
© Christina Holmes

Fresh Berries with Lemon Cream

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN plus 4 hr chilling
  • SERVINGS: 8 to 10

This luscious lemon cream, a staple in Belinda Leong’s crème brûlée–style lemon tarts, has a bracing tartness. It’s lovely as a topping for scones and biscuits at brunch or dolloped on fresh berries for dessert, as in the recipe here.


  1. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (4 lemons)
  4. 4 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
  5. Salt
  6. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed
  7. Mixed fresh berries, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil; keep the water at a simmer over low heat. In a large stainless steel or glass bowl, using your fingers, rub the lemon zest into the sugar. Whisk in the lemon juice, eggs, egg yolk and a pinch of salt. Set the bowl over the simmering water and cook the mixture, stirring, until very thick, 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape the cream into a medium bowl.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the butter to the cream. Using an immersion blender, puree until the cream is smooth. Add the remaining butter and puree until incorporated. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream and refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours. Spoon over fresh berries and serve.
Make Ahead
The lemon cream can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.