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Profiterole á la creme dé Citron

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AKA Lemon Filled Cream Puffs (it just sounds more appetizing in French. 

I found out at the last minute I would be having some family come by for tea tomorrow, so I immediately panicked.  I knew there was very little I could pull out and make at the last minute, and that my refrigerator had become stocked with restraurant take away cartons and beer bottles during my recent absence.  
So I did what I do best......
I sat and cried and screamed and might have even cursed some.... then though hey what DO i have that can be transformed.

I had flour, milk,  butter, eggs, lemons, salt, some sugar and a small amount of cream.....
Surely this could be made into something, right? 

The ingredients kept going through my mind, until voila! 
              Lemon filled Cream Puffs!!! 

So here is what you will need
 
Lemon Curd Filling Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel - finely grated
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream (well chilled)
Choux or "Puff" Pastry Ingredients

1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks


 
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Step 1: To Make the Lemon Curd

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Combine sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, eggs and salt in a heavy pan over medium-low heat. Whisk to blend,  
Add butter and stir constantly until the curd mixture is hot and will nap the spoon.  If you raen't sure what hap mean, see the photo.  You can tell it is the right thickness when running your finger through the film on a spoon leaves a trail. This will take about 4-5 minutes

DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL

Once the curd naps your spoon, transfer the mixture into a separate bow an allow it to cool at least 5 minutes. 

WUVIE11 months ago
I loved your comment below about opening a bakery. My family often teases me about the same. If you ever win the lottery and happen to open one, I'll come work with you! :-) Thanks for sharing this recipe. I must try these!
sauwen2 years ago
Mmm these look delish.. looks like it would fit in well with the other European pastries in bread stores. I definitely will try to make this one day.
barefootbohemian (author)  sauwen2 years ago
My daughter always said I should open a bakery, maybe it should be more a patisseriè lol
mr fix it2 years ago
waoouuuu!!!! It looks so good and delicious…. i'll try it this weekend …
But you could rename it "à la Crème de Citron" or " à la Crème au Citron"…just to look more French…
Don’t ask me why …French is a very difficult language … I have been trying to use it for the last 40 years :)
Thx …
Nick
barefootbohemian (author)  mr fix it2 years ago
Ha ha! Finally someone to correct my really lousy French! Thank you and I will see about changing it. I had a sneaking feeling I wasn't wording it right. My mixed up vocabulary seems to revert more towards Spanish when trying to phrase almost any other language properly. Guess it has become my idiolect in a way.
Hope you enjoy them, they are one those dishes that look much more difficult than they actually are, and taste wonderful!
YEEAAAAA I finally did it !… and its sooooo good ! …
Yes…I made your recipe this weekend ...
Only one problem you didn't specified the amount of lemon juice in the list of ingredients … I used the juice of 3 lemons and it was perfect … how much did you use???

I have no words to express how good it is …

as we say in French : Merci et bonne appétit…

Nick
sunshiine2 years ago
I have never tried making these but oh they look so good. I love lemon! Have a great day!
Sunshiine
garside2 years ago
I'm not normally a very confident baker...I think i'll try this one out!

This looks really easy to make and really delicious as well.
When I get around to i'll be sure to post again and let you know my results. :)
barefootbohemian (author)  garside2 years ago
Hope you do try it. If I can make these, anyone can! I am a self & TV taught cook, but trying new things has definitely helped improve my cooking.
I really want to know how it comes out for you. I'm sure you will look like a pastry chef and have something yummy!!
canucksgirl2 years ago
This looks yummy. I will have to try it soon. I love anything lemon.

Thanks for sharing!
barefootbohemian (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thanks for helping me figure that table out. Might just have to write all of them out that way now lol!
And oh ya gotta love lemon!
You're welcome! I'm also glad to see your recipe was featured. I've already downloaded the PDF to try it soon. ;)
I LOVE profiteroles! I had them at my wedding! (though I didn't make them) I really want to try this recipe!
Did you have a croquembouchée for your wedding? I think that would be a really cool wedding cake, maybe a bit messy though. Hope you enjoy them!