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. Slideshow: Amazing Ideas for BerriesRecipe from Food & Wine America's Greatest New Cooks 

Belinda Leong

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Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Yield:
8 to 10
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.