Lemon Custard

These custards for two are a sweet finish to a delicious meal with a loved one. 

Lemon Custard
Serves 2
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  1. 1 cup whole milk
  2. 1/2 cup whipping cream
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  4. 1 rosemary sprig
  5. 1/3 cup sugar
  6. 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 5 egg yolks
  9. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  10. 1/2 tablespoon butter
Heart Shortbread Cookies
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  3. 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
For Custard
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream, lemon zest, and rosemary. Using the back of a spoon, press rosemary lightly to release flavor. Heat over medium-high heat until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan. Strain into a bowl.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thick. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks. Add cornstarch mixture to egg yolks in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Stir in lemon juice and butter. Pour into individual bowls; cover, and chill for at least 4 hours. Garnish with Heart Shortbread Cookies, if desired.
For Heart Shortbread Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture. Combine until a dough forms.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 1-inch heart-shaped cutter, press into dough. Place hearts on prepared baking sheet. Reroll scraps, if necessary. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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