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Lemon Pudding

Serves4 to 6
  • Active time:20 min
  • Start to finish:2 1/4 hr
March 2009
Easy enough to make for a weeknight dessert, delicious enough to crown a dinner party, this pudding is cool, lush, and light on the tongue. With its balance of cream and lemon, it snuggles into that golden mean between sweet and tart. The egg yolk added toward the end not only enriches the pudding but also deepens its color.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Accompaniment:

    lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt in a 1 1/2-qt heavy saucepan. Whisk in milk, cream, and zest until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, then boil, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in 1/4 cup lemon juice, butter, and yolk. Transfer pudding to a bowl. If desired, stir in more lemon juice to taste. Chill pudding, its surface covered with parchment paper, until thickened, about 2 hours.
Cooks’ note: Pudding can be chilled up to 1 day.
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