Tuesday, March 10, 2009

TWD--Lemon Cup Custard and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Surprise Cookies

Today's Tuesday's With Dorie recipe from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking From My Home to Yours, was Lemon Cup Custard, page 387, chosen by Bridget from The Way the Cookie Crumbles.  Check out her blog for the recipe and see what all the other bloggers thought of the custard by checking out the TWD blog list.

I enjoyed making this because I've never made custard before and well, it was very simple.  I followed Dorie's recipe exactly, even putting the custards in a roasting pan bath to bake them. 


They actually came out beautifully and perfect looking after they baked.


I was a bit concerned about these not tasting lemony enough, even though I did exactly as was written.  I infused the milk with lemon zest for 30 minutes, then strained it and added 1/8 teaspoon of lemon extract.  It all came together with ease.  My only concern was having read the problems and questions section on the TWD site I knew many were complaining about the lack of lemon taste and the over-eggy taste to the custard.  I was then comforted by an actual comment from Dorie just letting people know that is how it is supposed to be and that they just might not care for that type of custard.  Okay.

So I prepared the pretty little dishes to serve to the boys and Kevin and I for our snack one evening.


Everyone tasted theirs.  Kevin and I shared a bite of one.  The end results?


Scott ate his up (upper left).  I think lately he's starting to just eat everything he's given and well, he likes eggs.  Sam's serving is in the middle there.  He really just played with it.  Taylor and Parker ate the strawberry off the top and took a bite or two.  Kevin and I took at bite and ours sat in the fridge until the next day when Scott ate them both after school.  We all agreed it really was just barely lemony at all.  And that it was quite eggy.  Just not our idea of an after dinner dessert.  Well, I guess for Scott.  


I thought it was going to be more smooth and creamy, but it was more set and almost like a soft tofu???

I'm glad I made it and it totally confirmed to me what I've thought all along--"Give me chocolate or give me death."    Thanks for the fun pick, Bridget, as I know I'd have never even given lemon custard a try.

And on that note---CHOCOLATE!


Made some fun chocolate cookies.  Have you seen these?


Dark Chocolate Hershey's Kisses with Raspberry Flavoring and---


3 Musketeers Raspberry with Dark Chocolate

These were just screaming chocolate cookies to me.  So I made up some cookie dough and chopped up about 4 oz. of the Hershey's Kisses.  Then I scooped up some dough, flattened it out on the parchment lined baking sheet, stuck a mini 3 Musketeers on top and covered it with more dough.  A lovely hidden surprise.


If you like chocolate and raspberry, you'll like these fudgy cookies. 

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Surprise Cookies

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 oz. Hershey's Dark Chocolate Raspberry Flavored Kisses, chopped

14 mini 3 Musketeers Raspberry with Dark Chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter.  Melt in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between each timing.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Set aside.  In a medium sized bowl, combine the sugar, egg and vanilla.  Whisk together until well combined.  Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt with a wooden spoon, just until incorporated.  Fold in chopped chocolate Kisses.  Taking about a tablespoon sized amount of dough, flatten it on the baking sheet.  Lay an (unwrapped! ha, duh!) mini 3 Musketeers on top.  Add about another tablespoon of dough on top and spread it out with your fingers to cover the mini chocolate bar.  Place each cookie a couple inches apart on the sheet.  I did eight cookies on one sheet and six on another.  These are nice and big.  Bake for 10-13 minutes.  Let set on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.


A nice gooey, raspberry nougat-y chewy center and fudgy cookie with a crisp outside. 



Darius T. Williams said...

LOL - chocolate or death?!?!

Steph said...

I haven't seen those Hershey Kisses but a couple years ago I went to a restaurant - on Valentine's Day - and they gave out Cherry Dark Chocolate Kisses (which I never heard of, and I LOVE dark chocolate). Well, I tried them, and they were HORRIBLE.. the cherry was liquidy and fake tasting. Not saying the raspberry ones with taste like that, but it sort of scarred me from buying any chocolate with fruit flavors, hah.


Pamela said...

I skipped the custard after all that "eggy" talk on the P & Q. I would definitely rather have a cookie!

Sara said...

Even though you weren't thrilled about the taste, it looks like your custards came out perfectly. Those cookies look amazing, I haven't tried those 3 musketeers yet!

Teanna said...

Sorry they weren't a hit! More for Scott, though! hahah! LOVE those cookies!

Becky said...

Our new motto, love it!

chocolatechic said...

Your custards look gorgeous.

Elyse said...

I'm sorry the custard was "blah." But you're right. Chocolate or bust. And these chocolate cookies look totally amazing. I can't wait to try them. I have some candy in my cabinet that I can't wait to stuff in the cookie as the "surprise." Oh man, I want one of these for breakfast!

Karen said...

I was afraid of the custard....but I am going to have to try your cookies. Oh My!!! I <3 chocolate and raspberry!!!

Megan said...

Can I join the chocolate or death team? Really - I could be the charter member.

Don't worry - I'll be choosing something chocolatey for my pick!

Cathy said...

Chocolate, please. Great job on the custards -- I think they were exactly as they were supposed to be. But those chocolate cookies, now they are calling my name!

Carla said...

I didn't make these, but I wish there was more lemon to it. So pretty much it's just custard with a hint of lemon? It looks good, but I don't know about the egginess. Good for you for giving it a try though!

I've had the kisses with cherry in the middle. I didn't use them in these cookies, but if you tweak the ingredients, maybe with raspberry extract and chopped raspberries, you could probably pull off something similar http://chocolatemoosey.blogspot.com/2008/12/chocolate-covered-cherries-not-exactly.html

Those 3 Musketeer cookies look amazing! Do they still keep form? Or is it all a melted mess within the cookie?

Jennifer said...

I was pretty "mehh..." about the lemon cup custard and am impressed that your kids tasted it! My kids seem to be getting pickier as they get older!
The cookies look quite delicious. I'm not sure if those kisses or candy bars are available in my area. I'll have to look at target, they seem to get a lot of holiday candy.

CindyinTempe said...

Loved the "after" picture! What fun.
And I'm a true chocaholic!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I think I would have preferred creamy over custardy as well. I won't be making it again but it was worth a try.

Emily said...

Ooooh those cookies look crazy good! I want a bite.

So the eggy custard picture is funny to me. Scott was the only one that enjoyed it, haha.

It's hard to say if I'd like it or not. I think I'd be like you and just take a few bites.

vibi said...

Woahhhh... the strawberries make the colors sooooo vibrant! WOW!

Hummmm... I wonder, I wonder... if I could only pick one dessert, would I go for the custard... or the cookies?
Both look great... but I think I would go for the custard! Freak huh? LOL LOL LOL

TeaLady said...

So if you had to choose between liberty and chocolate.....

They do look pretty. Too bad the fam didn't like them much. It was a rather subtle flavor. Almost too subtle. I liked it, but...

Great looking cookies, too.

noble pig said...

Yeah I'm surprised the custard isn't smoother. But the cookies...now you are talking.

Leslie said...

How funny! I made hot fudge after this one.

Snooky doodle said...

the custard lemon cups are not my favourite but the cookies look amazing :) so delicious

pinkstripes said...

I love the before and after pictures of the custards. The cookies look and sound delicious.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm always so jealous of all the nice candy you get! They make awesome additions to cookies! Those are amazing Katrina, right up my alley (aren't you surprised? Ahahahah) About the custard, I actually love an eggy custard, I think it's just the way we were brought up arround here. I would have eaten mine for sure!

Kayte said...

LOL on the little bowls and their owners' likes and dislikes! I have to say, those strawberries really make it look a lot more appealing! On to next week right?

n.o.e said...

Well, the next three TWD weeks might be a challenge to you with that "chocolate or death" preference! Guess you'd better gear up to make some more cookies!! Sorry you didn't like the custard - thank goodness for Scott, right?

Debbie said...

I am in deep trouble - I didn't know three musketeers came with a raspberry filling. I hope I can find it here. I am making those cookies asap!!!!

Lisa Ernst said...

The custard reminds me of what my grandmother used to make when I was a kid. I wasn't crazy about it, but thought it was ok enough to eat -- she thought she was doing something special for me, so I never complained. :=)

Anne Marie said...

I can't believe all the delicious treats you've been making lately! By the way, I loved your idea with the rice krispy treats made with agave nectar. (If you want to buy agave nectar for much less than normal, check out amazon.com. In their grocery department, you can get it for much less, especially if you sign up for the Subscribe and Save program, which gives you free shipping.)

dessertobsessed said...

those custards are gorgeous! and i am loving those crazy cookies!

Tamara said...

Congrats on winning one of the knife sharpeners on Spatulas, Corkscrews & Suitcases.

Mary said...

I loved the picture with the half-eaten custards...that is brilliance. I have two boys so I can relate :). I agree...chocolate is way better than all of her other recipes!

Maria said...

I am in love with your cookie creations!! They look so good!

Lisa said...

Nice cookies but I am just drooling over the custards.

Lisa Ernst said...

In keeping with your "give me chocolate or give me death" sentiment, here's a recipe that made me think of that. Next time you want something completely over the top chocolate-wise, check this out.

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