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Try a Lemon Cream Recipe from "The Fearless Baker"

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Dessert


You consider yourself a balls-to-the-wall kind of gal. (Skydiving and heli-skiing? No problem.)

But put you on dessert duty, and you’re a shrinking violet. Save yourself with a copy of pastry chef extraordinaire Emily Luchetti’s new book, The Fearless Baker, which has 175 beyond-easy cakes, pies, cookies, and more you can pull off without a hitch.

You don’t even have to turn on the oven for this delicious lemon cream. Go on, show it what you’re made of.

Lemon Cream with Smashed Berries
Serves six

4 lg. egg yolks
2 lg. eggs
About ¾ c. granulated sugar
½ c. lemon juice
1 c. heavy cream
1 pt. strawberries
1 pt. raspberries

1. In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks and eggs with ½ c. of the sugar and the lemon juice until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon, for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to a mayo-like consistency. (If the mixture gets lumpy at any point, whisk until smooth.)

2. Strain the lemon curd through a mesh sieve into a bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill until cold, about 1 hour.

3. Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer and medium bowl, whip the cream on medium-high speed with 2 tbsp. sugar until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the chilled lemon curd.

4. Remove the stems from the strawberries (cut in half if they’re large). Put them in a medium bowl with 2 tbsp. sugar, and, with the back of a spoon, smash them a bit to break them up. Stir in the raspberries, smashing them up a little, too. Taste and add more sugar if wanted.

5. Spoon the lemon cream into glasses and top with the smashed berries.

The Fearless Baker, available online at amazon.com, $20. Taste Luchetti’s desserts at Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, at Folsom Street (415-284-9922 or waterbarsf.com).

Photo: craikabula / Flickr

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