The double dose of lemon in these simple, delicious British puddings gives them an extra hit of delicious tangy flavor.
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2 1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1 tablespoon Calvados or apple brandy
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the Pudding
In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream and sugar and cook over moderate heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until hot and the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then whisk in the lemon zest, lemon juice and a generous pinch of salt. Pour the pudding into six 5- to 6-ounce glasses or ramekins; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the puddings until well-chilled and set, at least 6 hours or overnight.
Step 2 Meanwhile, Make the Compote
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over moderate heat, swirling the pan until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook, brushing down the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush, until an amber caramel forms, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the apples, orange juice and the vanilla bean and seeds; the caramel will harden, but it will melt again. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are crisp-tender and coated in a light caramel, about 8 minutes; discard the vanilla bean. Stir in the Calvados, lemon juice, orange zest and a pinch of salt. Let cool completely, then refrigerate until chilled.
Step 3 Meanwhile, Make the Compote
Serve the puddings topped with the apple compote.
The puddings and compote can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
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Review Body: This was a great ending to a big meal (butternut squash soup, mushroom pasta, osso buco) and it was a lighter touch. I've never heard of apples and lemons together for a dessert but it worked. Served with Lemoncello, which was perfect but also so Prosecco Brut. I doubled the recipe and it made 12 servings with extra apple compote left over - but that will not be a problem to use up elsewhere!