Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie—Lemon Cup Custard

Lemon Cup CustardDUKTIG is IKEA's name for this adorable children's tea set that I couldn't resist buying awhile ago. Although my girls have grown out of the tea party stage, I shared many tea times with each of them as they were growing up.

Lemon Cup CustardThe IKEA website says this tea set is "made of tough stoneware". And they are right because I put them in my 325˚F oven for 15 minutes, and they didn't crack and the custard was perfect. I was worried the water bath might cause them to tip over, but I was careful moving the pan in and out of the oven.

Citrus
grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, blood orange, navel orange

Recipe

Makes 6 servings (8 tea set cups and 4 regular-sized ramekins)

Ingredients for Lemon Cup Custard
2¼ cups whole milk
Grated zest of 1 lemon
4 large eggs
½ cup sugar
Pure lemon oil or extract (optional)

You can find the recipe for Lemon Cup Custard in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or here or here. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Bridget from The Way the Cookie Crumbles who chose the recipe for this week.

Lemon Cup CustardTasting Notes
This is a light lemon custard. I was expecting something more like lemon curd, so I was a little disappointed. But, aren't they cute?

On a tangent, these IKEA dishes made me wonder about how IKEA comes up with names for their furniture. I googled and found this funny website that generates an IKEA furniture name based on what you enter. Here's what it gave me when I entered "Shari":

Lemon Cup CustardRecipe for Next Week (March 17)
French Yogurt Cake with Marmalade Glaze on pages 224-225 chosen by Liliana of My Cookbook Addiction.

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  • 46 comments:

    Megan said...

    What a darling little tea set. My daughter had a plastic one that surely would have started a fire had I tried to cook anything in. Ah well. Lovely looking custards.

    Elyse said...

    Sorry the custard taste was a bit disappointing, but you're right. These are totally precious. I love that you used the Ikea tea set! How perfect!

    Audrey said...

    I would comment on how pretty your tea-cup custards are, but I'm slightly obsessed with finding out how "Audrey" translates into a Swedish furniture name...:) I love the little tumblers too.

    dorie said...

    The custards couldn't look cuter in that adorable tea set. The thing about custard is that it's custard:) -- it's really a very light dessert, unlike pots de creme or curds or puddings. Of course, anything would be a treat in that tea set.

    Cathy said...

    You made these look absolutely gorgeous. That tea set is precious behind words -- my four year old would go nuts for your sweet, tiny custards! I cannot wait to try the Swedish furniture name generator!

    Maria said...

    I love the IKEA dishes, too cute!! Perfect for custard!

    Bridget said...

    I was expecting something richer too, but fortunately, I liked this anyway. The tea set is definitely super cute. And I love the photo with the citrus slices.

    Jules Someone said...

    I love Ikea! Glad you enjoyed the custard.

    natalia said...

    You little cups are so nice !! I wish I could come to tea !

    rainbowbrown said...

    Those really are super cool tea cups. Lemon cup custard seems the perfect fill for them too.

    Karen said...

    I love your photos! What a fun way to display this recipe and a fun way to make it!

    kim said...

    i knew you were going to find something super cute to make these in! :) love the tea cups!

    doughmesstic said...

    You never cease to amaze me - whether it be your tiny tea set, or what my name is in IKEA. Do you live in the real world, like, a land without computer or kitchen? Have you ever seen a sunset (not on google)? How do you take a shower without your laptop getting get?

    spike. said...

    I love the tea set, the colors are perfect for the lemon custard

    Kristen said...

    I absolutley love those cups - and totally need to go to an Ikea store. I think they recently added one to Kansas City. Can't believe I haven't made it there yet.
    Great photo of some yummy looking custard!

    pinkstripes said...

    I love the Ikea names for things. I haven't been there in a long time, maybe I should go soon?

    Your custards look gorgeous. I love the little tea set.

    Sophie said...

    The individual servings are really cute in those fun cups :), I love the photo of all the citrus fruits!

    Di said...

    Those are adorable! I think a trip to IKEA is in order--my girls are definitely still in the tea party stage.

    Jennifer said...

    Your custards look delightful, especially in the little tea sets. Unfortunately my daugther was not one to play tea party. She was more of a strip barbie naked, cut off her hair and maybe remove a limb type of girl. (Luckily at 14 she seems remarkably well adjusted! and loves to bake, to boot!)

    steph- whisk/spoon said...

    i just spent like 10 minutes entering random things into that ikea name generator--too funny! and also, i was soooo close to buying those kiddie cups the last time i went there...for the same purpose as you. the custards look so adorable in them--i may have to go back!

    chocolatechic said...

    I heart IKEA.

    I wish there was one near us.

    lili - pikelet and pie said...

    Oh, they look divine! So simple and light, perfect for Spring (though unfortunately is it Autumn here, now).

    vibi said...

    TOO CUTE!!!

    Hey! But next time you make such gorgeous perfect custard... if I'm not invited, I'm telling your daughters ...mom stole their tea set for her pictures!

    So remember! There... (LOL)

    Kayte said...

    Such fun to come over here and see the little tea set! I still have all of mine from when I was a child...the boys never wanted to play with them, go figure, maybe grandchildren someday...I love the one you bought, very nice. The pudding and the blueberry, what a great photo! You got a comment from Dorie...WOW. Wow. Wow. Love the post.

    Melissa said...

    Your tea set is just too cute and it makes a lovely holder for the custard. Great job!

    Heather B said...

    Love your cups! Your custard looks great!

    karen said...

    sweet.. my ikea furniture is a chair called SKARENBY. i want this tea set. your pictures look great as always.

    Claudia said...

    So, now I need to send for my daughter in college so we can have tea and custard together. Luckily, Spring Break is coming up ... really lovely.

    Angela@spinachtiger said...

    BEAUTIFUL. Everything about the post, AND, a dessert I truly want to make. Smashing.

    Lillian said...

    So very lovely -- just lovely. Thank you for brightening up my day!

    Jacque said...

    Ooh, no fair! You mothers of girls get all of the cute stuff!

    That tea set makes for an adorable custard set as well.

    Tracey said...

    The tea set is so cute! Love it. Your custards look gorgeous too. This wasn't my favorite recipe either.

    Monica H said...

    Love the citrus slices and the tea set. You got your money's worth, that's for sure!

    AmyRuth said...

    Shari, those tea cups and ramekins are so darn cute, I would make the custard just to have them. It all just looks like a little Easter Bunny should be hoppin right through for a little visit and a spoonful of custard too.
    Very Happy!! :-) I too love lemon curd with its sweet tartness. This recipe was gentle velvet and just a hint I thought. Not too sweet either. A really light touch. Glad you gave us some beautiful photos. Dorie surely liked them. Yippee!
    AmyRuth

    The Food Librarian said...

    That tea set is adorable! I love IKEA (and can't resist getting the Swedish meatball and linginberry juice when I shop there!) Your custard turned out beautiful! I love your use of citrus.

    Jayne said...

    I love the little tea set! The custards look wonderful!

    Pam said...

    Okay, you win for cutest presentation ever!

    Leslie said...

    They are adorable! I agree, the flavor was a little faint, but it was fun to try the recipe.

    Scott at Real Epicurean said...

    Fantastic looking!

    Teanna said...

    Gorgeous pictures! I love the one with the citrus slices! Sorry you were disappointed with this one! I hope you like next week's better! I can't wait to make it!

    Siri said...

    What a cute cute cute idea to make your custard in a tea set!

    Since you were curious about the names of IKEA products- I've noticed that nearly ALL of them are just Swedish words that are a play on what the products actually are. For example: A kid's hooded bath towel is called "barnslig", which means "childish" in Swedish. A lot of the other ones are male, female, or town names.

    Hope that feeds your curiosity.

    -Siri

    TeaLady said...

    How great are those little mini tea cups. Perfect!!! The custards look great.

    Gabe's Girl said...

    I love IKEA. Must go back soon. I have not been in a while! Well, here is some info, my cup handles came off while I was washing them! I guess they were weakened by the heat :-( Maybe, Dorie should put a disclaimer and suggest a variety of cups or something. Oh, well. They lasted for the most part! The custard came out great and we were able to eat it safely.

    Carol Peterman said...

    Love the tea set. I hope you will at dress up in a fancy hat and gather some stuffed animals for a proper tea party. Or maybe it would be more appropriate to set your favorite kitchen tools around the table for tea. I bet a Kitchen Aid mixer would have all kinds of fun stories to share. Like almost walking off the counter when mixing brioche dough for example!

    farah said...

    How adorable. Your custards look perfect!

    Engineer Baker said...

    What a hilarious name generator! Love the cute little teaset, even if the custard wasn't quite what you were expecting. I absolutely love the picture of the different citrus slices though.