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Hamersley's Bistro Souffled Lemon Custard

Posted by FootsieBear at anonymous 7/22/01 1:09:05 pm


This super-lemony souffl? like dessert has been on the menu at Gordon Hamersley's eponymous Boston restaurant, Hamersley's Bistro, since it opened twelve years ago. All efforts to take it off the menu are greeted with outrage by Hamersley's customers, so he's finally given in and shared the recipe with the rest of us via the Star Chef's web site.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh mint leaves or berries, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour, stirring until just barely combined. Stir in the milk and cream until smooth.

In a separate large bowl, beat the egg whites, until they hold soft-to-medium peaks, adding the salt halfway through. Fold into the custard mixture.

Pour the custard mixture into a 10-inch round cake pan and set into a larger pan filled with 1-inch water. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until the custard is just set. Let cool to room temperature.

Serve on a plate or in a glass bowls, garnished with mint leaves or berries.

Serves 8.

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