Honey Lemon Pots De Creme

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Honey Lemon Pots de Creme

I must start this post by saying that I did not pick pots de creme as a birthday treat for my better half. I could have though. He likes them. A lot. But, it became evident as I was reading your comment that there were a lot of delicious other desserts we could sink our teeth into and we still would have plenty to chose from for next year. You guys are awesome! Thank you!

I knew that I had to ask him for a bit of input. He said cake. Chocolate. Nuts. Soft and crunchy. No minis. No fruits. No coconut shreds. Nothing jellied. I picked out about 15 that fit that category (adding time, heat and humidity in that equation for the one baking, me).

Sunday Morning Madeleines

I just made the cake this afternoon and started taking pictures, you can see a little preview of the goodness to come on my Flickr page. I have to wait until he gets home from work to finally cut into it and take some more pictures. I am excited to see if the inside is as good as the outside promises it to be. Some candles, a dusting of cocoa powder and we are good to go!

The cake we chose and the winner will be revealed soon...

Honey Lemon Pots de Creme

In the meantime, I thought I would share with you a recipe I created for the Paula Deen website. Back in January, one of the food editors emailed about contributing to their Bake Sale section. With the holidays, travels, workshops and work it took everyone a bit of time to get all our ducks in a row but it finally went up yesterday. I was happy to give readers something wholesome, seasonal and with a bit of a French flair that was neither difficult or time consuming to make. Honey and lemon...always a wonderful combination.

Thank you for all the good wishes for Bill.

Happy Birthday babe..!

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Honey Lemon Pots De Creme:

Serves 6

1 1/2 cups (375ml) heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
1/3 cup honey
zest and juice of 2-3 lemons (you’ll need 1/4 cup or 60ml of juice)
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325Fยบ and position a rack in the center. Place your ramekins in a heavy deep pan and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer. Turn the heat off but keep the cream warm.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and honey for a couple of minutes. Add the lemon juice and salt and whisk until smooth. Slowly pour the heavy cream over the egg yolk mixture, whisking well. Let stand for a couple of minutes to let any foam rise to the top, skim it off and divide the mixture among your ramekins. Pour hot water inside the pan, making sure the water comes at least halfway up the sides of your dishes. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve with madeleines or your favorite tea cookies.

28 comments:

JelliDonut said...

I love pots de creme but I've never tried a non-chocolate version. Thanks! Will give this one a try soon.

Gabi said...

I had a salted caramel pot de creme the other day and it was far too sugary. This one looks just right for relaxing with some tea on a nice afternoon.

Do you think it would work with a bit of lavender as well?

I also have to say that it never fails to amaze me how you find the time to write so much and take so many beautiful photographs!

G. said...

so wonderful and beautiful! i love the flavors. paula deen will be proud!! happy birthday to your honey! xo.

Robyn said...

Oh my, these look scrumptious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

I can't wait to see your better half's birthday cake. Ummm, ummm. I know it was delicious.

Robyn

Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

Can't wait what to see what you whipped up for the birthday! My mom's birthday is next week and I'm thinking of what I could make for her.. I especially love the sugar jar of yours with the cute little tag!

poppyseed said...

Your pictures are always beautiful and these sound really good!

Louise said...

Honey- lemon... say no more. Sounds like a warm creamy little pot of tea. It's such a small world, I recently met a woman- Marla Meredith, a food blogger from LA who had the pleasure of attending the workshop in Colorado. Wish I could've been there.

Brandon said...

Honey, lemon and cream - sounds delightful and comforting. Love the Birthday Cake Preparations image by the way. Your compositions are always an inspiration.

Brandon

Paula said...

I`ll must try this recipe :)

Have a nice time,
Paula

Veronica L said...

Hi Helene,
I think your photography is absolutely beautiful, and those pots de creme sound tasty!
This is unrelated to the blog post, but I've read your macaron tutorial PDF and I've found it really interesting. I hope to try making them soon, and I was just wondering how many macarons they made or the amount of shells?
Sorry if I've missed it somewhere.
Thank you!

Prats Corner said...

Wow...a very interesting blog!!Luv it...Now following u.. ;)

Patricia Scarpin said...

I have made lemon pots de creme several times and now I can't wait to try your version with honey, Helen! Yum! They must be fabulous!
Happy b'day to your hubby!

krispy kreme said...

Ohhh, this looks yummy. I have a lemon-caramel pot de creme recipe that is just fabulous. I'll have to give this one a try. Lemon is the one flavor I will almost always select over chocolate.

Thank you!

Claudia said...

Looks gorgeous! Did you add the lemon zest together with the juice? Have to try the recipe!

Cookin' Canuck said...

So simple and pretty. The combination of honey and lemon always remind me of my mum, who would fix me a cup of honey and lemon tea whenever I was sick. So comforting and healing. I will have to make this for her the next time we are together.

Nina Timm said...

Your hubby sure live inside the proverbial chocolate factory!!!

The Comfort of Cooking said...

What a lucky husband - He gets a delicious dessert like this and a post all about him on your lovely blog!

Joy said...

Happy Birthday! I have yet to make Pots de Creme. Yours looks great.

Charli said...

Those look fantastic! I might actually have to make this one as a part of my mom's bday celebration this weekend since she cannot have sugar.

Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle said...

One of my favorite dessert is pot de creme; I love the simplicity and the individual servings in pretty ceramic containers. BUT, this is really dumb I guess...I have NEVER made anything but chocolate. For me pots de creme was synonymous with chocolate!

Your photos are stunning and certainly make this lemon variety very appealing I will definitely try this next time.

RV said...

I love your pictures. They are so pretty and poetic.

El said...

Lovely photos and the chocolate pictures are great. Happy Birthday Bill!

Tracy said...

Such an ease with this recipe. I love it.

Jess-Sugar High said...

Great recipe, sounds delicious!

d said...

i loved the recipe, though i made a slight change: i steeped assam tea leaves in the cream for a subtle tea flavor. i enjoyed it so much i thought i'd share!

Ms. Glaeser said...

Hello-
I am new to your blog, but have fallen in love with all of your recipes and FABULOUS baking dishes... I've noticed these ones a few times in different colors; I think I have some similar from Anthropologie?
I was wondering how you know the dishes are "oven" safe. Mine simply say microwave safe. Is there another place to buy oven-safe dishes, or are they the same?

Thanks so much.

Ms. Glaeser said...

Hello-
I am new to your blog, but have fallen in love with all of your recipes and FABULOUS baking dishes... I've noticed these ones a few times in different colors; I think I have some similar from Anthropologie?
I was wondering how you know the dishes are "oven" safe. Mine simply say microwave safe. Is there another place to buy oven-safe dishes, or are they the same?

Thanks so much.

Helene said...

Ms. Gleaser: If it's microwave safe, it is generally oven safe too. Most everything can go in the oven, except plastic. I could have baked these in glass jars too with enough water around.

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