Tuesday, May 20

Mini Custards with Limoncello-Spiked Raspberry Sauce

lemon custard

There are many things I miss about not living close to my family, such as seeing my young nieces dress up for their first father-daughter dance, visiting my grandmother at the nursing home, and celebrating family birthdays (like my dad's 70th last year). Thanks to Dad, I have something new to miss: homemade limoncello.

A couple of months ago, he and his long-time Italian friend, Tony, made homemade limoncello (lee-mon-chay-low), an Italian liquer made from lemons and flavorless grain alcohol like vodka. It's vibrantly lemony and mouth-puckeringly tangy.

Limoncello isn't just for drinking though. It enlivens sweet fruit sauces and is lovely whipped into mascarpone cheese and served with fruit.

These simple lemon custards I'm sharing today are beautiful in their simplicity. Creamy lemon-infused custard is topped with a chilled limoncello-spiked raspberry sauce that makes each bite pop. It's refreshing and sweet, and did I mention low-fat? What's not to love? That's why I'm sending it to Helen of Tartelette, host of Sugar High Friday #43: Citrus.

diving into lemon raspberry custard

Mini Custards with Limoncello-Spiked Raspberry Sauce
Serves 6
Print recipe only here.

4 large eggs
3/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (preferably Meyer lemon)
1 3/4 cups skim milk

1 cup frozen raspberries (unthawed)**
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon limoncello
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

fresh raspberries
lemon zest, optional
1-2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

**I actually prefer using frozen raspberries to fresh for the sauce because it comes much thicker and clings deliciously to the custard. If you would rather use fresh berries, then just use less liquid.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat 6 (3-inch-wide) ramekins with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

To make the sauce, puree all sauce ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to several days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

In a large bowl, whisk all custard ingredients until smooth. Divide evenly among ramekins.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy. Cool on a rack.

Custards can be served either at room temperature or slightly chilled. Add a couple of spoonfuls of raspberry sauce to each ramekin, then garnish with fresh raspberries, lemon zest and chopped pistachios.

lemon custards straight from the oven
When you take the custards out of the oven, they are impressively puffy. Within 1-2 minutes, they will deflate, so you'd better be quick if you want to take a picture.

You might also like these citrus-spiked baked goods:

Coconut Lemonquat Tea Cake

Date, Fennel, and Pistachio Scones (Heart Healthy & Low Fat!)

Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Lemon

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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I've only ever drunk limoncello and never used it in cooking. This sounds really refreshing with just that perfect kick! Nicely done Susan.

Anonymous said...

Your custard looks wonderful. I think I'm going to try something like it with rhubarb. Homemade limoncello is amazing - and combining it with raspberries is lovely.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I need me some limoncello! Those little puddings look so good and like such fun.

Anonymous said...

This looks delightful! I love the idea of using limoncello in the sauce.

cmoore said...

Ohh. I need to make dessert for a wedding rehearsal dinner...I don't have 30 ramekins, but this may prove inspirational.

Manggy said...

Susan, those look so good! It's kind of like a souffle without the extra steps! I love it :)

grace said...

fabulous. just fantastic. the finished product looks like perfection itself, but my favorite shot is the one with the spoon. it's just calling out to me. :) nice touch with the pistachios, too--i'll bet they really add a nice crunch and flavor!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Yes, limoncello is great and homemade limoncello even better. A great dessert idea and looks so scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

It's been on my list -- like forever -- to make limoncello.

How is it pronounced? Lie-mon-chell-o? Li-mon-chell-o? And where is the accent? I forget to check some times, so oriented to reading.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I have an Irish friend who makes limoncello every year for holiday gifts. I've never had anything quite that strong in Italy; whatever alcohol base she uses makes a limoncello strong enough to knock you off your feet! Maybe cooking with it rather than drinking it would be a better idea...

Mishmash ! said...

WOW! sinfully delicious....thats my kinda dessert!!!

Nic said...

I must make some Limoncello, if only to go with these lovely little custards! I really like the sound of that sauce.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Those look adorable! And tasty!!!

Peter M said...

I've used Limoncello for a lemon tiramisu and it was a faithful ingredient.

It (limoncello) would have given this souffle a nice kick. This is an elegant dessert with a hint o' cute!

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a magnificent entry for the event, Susan - I'm stunned by the flavors you joined here, and everything looks so light!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

These look excellent! Almost like little souffles. It sounds really vibrant in flavor and now I have the urge to try to make limoncello. I'll have to add it to the to-do list...

Veron said...

I have never tasted limoncello but I heard it was phenomenal! This mini-custards look awesome!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I suppose I could make my own limoncello or substityute the Citron I have in my cabinet from Naxos, Greece:D

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm dying here! I love mini custards, but this is just the ultimate!!! Maybe I can go drink some limoncello with your Dad?

Katy said...

love it!!! i need a good custard recipe -- they can be adapted so many ways! good for you for getting a shot while they were puffy!

Eve Fox said...

so pretty!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh.... I'm in love! This is my kind of recipe. Seriously, I feel like you posted this just for me! Big hugs & kisses to you, my friend. You have made my day!

xoxox Amy

Le Flâneur Novice said...

Oh God!

What a seductive, mouth-watering view!

And I once tasted lemoncello a few years ago, and I DO really understand you! It's something to really miss :D

I want this dessert!

Chris said...

limoncello - I knew you were my kind of girl. :) Looks totally delicious.

Anonymous said...

Delicious and low fat, the perfect combination :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Extremely delicious and very flavorful!



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Heather said...

mmm these look delicious! have you ever made your own limoncello? i am just posting my results from a few weeks ago right now! it smells amazing! i love the color contrast with the pistachios here, too.

Heather said...

ah.. duh. missed the part about your dad making his own... too excited to read the recipe ;)

glamah16 said...

I made my own limoncello last fall. It would be nice to incorporate in a desssert like this.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Susan--Beautiful and delicious sounding as always. Amazing, in fact. When you make the sauce, do you have to strain out the raspberry seeds or does the pureeing process take care of them?

Also, hving just checked Heather's post on making limoncello, I think you need to give it a try. I know it won't be your dad's, but I bet it'll be delicious.

cindy said...

i found a recipe for limoncello a while back but haven't tried it yet...but i did notice it in the liquor store! i love lemon stuff, better than chocolate, and lemon custard sounds just wonderful.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Peterg-It's really lovely, especially paired with summer berries.

christine-The flavors really shine.

tanna-And so easy to make too!

macr-Thanks a bunch!

cmoore-Best of luck! 30 people is a lot! This custard couldn't be simpler to make. And it can be made in advance. Maybe you could find inexpensive ramekins at Big Lots or Ross?

manggy-Yup, low-maintenance souffle.

grace-Aren't you sweet. Thank you! And to me, everything tastes better with nuts.

alanna-I added it. Thanks for the question!

lydia-Wow! I've never had one that strong.

shn-Thanks so much!

nic-I hope you try them. They're a breeze to make.

gretchen-They really are!

peterm-Mmmmm...lemon tiramisu sounds delicious.Thanks!

patricia-Oh, many, many thanks!

mike-I'm happy to hear that!

veron-Well, go get some, girl. Right now! ;)


tw-He would love it!

katy-It's a good thing I'm fast! ;)


amy-Well, that's just wonderful!

bal-It is memorably delicious!

chris-Aw, thanks!

linda-Hey, it's bikini season, after all. ;)

rosa-Definitely! Thanks!

heather-I just checked out your post--I love the addition of the herbs in yours. It sounds lovely.

coco- I hope you do!

terry-Pureeing takes care of them. I agree.

cinderelly-I love lemon desserts too--pies, cookies, cakes, all of 'em. :)

Lori Lynn said...

Your dessert looks so fresh and pretty. Love the photo of the custards just from the oven...

Warda said...

My mother told me about a lemon custard that she made a couple of days ago, which sounded just like yours. And you say low fat? Then I'll have two, please?

Laurie said...

Lemon and raspberry..a marriage made in heaven and a decadent dessert as well.

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

those are beautiful Susan... I love the shot with the red background... tasty!

Hetal said...

Thanx for visiting my blog.....You have a lovely set of recipes here,nice blog.Will keep visiting..

Anonymous said...

What a great recipe! My mouth is watering looking at the pictures:) Great entry for the event!

Elle said...

Yummy! Bet that sauce would be great over ice cream, too.

Unknown said...

Those lemon custards look so good. Making your own limoncello sounds like fun.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

How very cute and appealing. Mmm, I think I'm going to have to give these a try.

Marianna said...

This looks delicious and perfect for summer! I love using Limoncello in cooking too, recently used it in a tiramisu :-)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

lori lynn-I thought they were pretty too.

warda-Two it is!

laurie-They are pretty happy together. :)

aran-Many thanks!

hetal-You're welcome. I look forward to it!

farida-Thanks a bunch!


keven-Thanks so much!

forkful-I think you are too. ;)

marianna-That's the second time someone mentioned limoncello in tiramisu; I've got to try that!

Jeanne said...

Oh what gorgeous little custards! And the best thing is that I even have a little bottle of limoncello in my drinks cupboard at home - yippeeee!

Honeyed Hashette said...

These look awesome!

Lisa Turner said...

Recipe noted, and noted again. Firing up the printer. Thank you!

Cakelaw said...

Custard, lemon and raspberry are 3 of my favourite flavours - and in one dish, heaven!

Unknown said...

Thank you for your entry Susan! They are gorgeous! Your list of things you miss is so similar to mine...having the family visiting right now gives me a little taste of home...and is the reason why I am even less around blogs these days!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Move over Amy, I feel this was posted just for me!! (just kidding :) I'm a huge Limoncello fan, I wish your Dad was my neighbor! Where did you say he lives? Rhode Island? Darn!!

Jaime said...

those are so cute! i have never had limoncello before, now i'm curious! i noticed several DBers use it in their cakes this month too...

Unknown said...

i've made limoncello once for a christmas gift. but i don't drink and use alcohol, so i just know it's great from the people who drink my limoncello he he he... this is fantastic idea. i could use lemon curd, i think.

Nora B. said...

Hi Susan,
These look so luscious! I don't usually use limoncello in cooking. My homemade ones are too precious (it take so damn long to peel the zest!!) so I give it away as gifts or drink it over ice (I usually make mine quite strong). I make my own limoncello whenever I can get my hands on good lemons (they are harder to find than I thought). This reminds me that another batch is due :-)

Have a nice weekend,

Sara said...

This looks like such a fantastic treat! I bought limoncello awhile ago and have been waiting for a good recipe to use it in!