Blueberry Lemon Curd Puff Pastry Cups

Blueberry Lemon Curd Puff Pastry Cups
Staff Writer

Driscoll's

These pastry cups make it easy to impress a crowd and highlight the perfect combination of tart lemon juice and subtle blueberries. For a shortcut, use store-bought puff pastry to make the cups.

8
Servings
142
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the pastry cups

  • 1  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of  salt
  • 7  Tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
  • 3  Ounces  cream cheese, cut into tablespoons, at room temperature

For the lemon curd

  • large egg yolks
  • 1/3  Cup  sugar
  • 1/3  Cup  freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10  Tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • One  6-ounce package blueberries, for garnish

Directions

For the pastry cups

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade, combine the flour and salt and pulse to combine. Add the butter and cream cheese and pulse about 10 times, until the mixture begins to clump together. Gather up the dough and shape it into a thick disk. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it until it is chilled and easy to handle, about 2 hours.

Position the rack in the center of the oven. Butter two 12-cup miniature muffin pans. Divide the dough into 24 balls. One at a time, place a ball of dough in each muffin cup and use your fingers to press it firmly and evenly up the sides to make a pastry shell. (A wooden tart tamper, available at kitchenware shops and online, can help the job go quickly.) Pierce the shells with a fork. Freeze for 5 minutes.

Bake until the shells are golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let the shells cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from the pans and cool completely.

The pastry shells can be stored in a covered container for up to 1 day.

For the lemon curd

Put a wire sieve in a bowl and place it near the stove. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice together. Pour this mixture into a heavy, medium-sized saucepan and add the butter.

On medium heat, cook the mixture for about 10 minutes, whisking constantly, until it is thick and steaming.Immediately strain the curd through the sieve to remove any bits of cooked egg white. Stir the lemon zest into the curd. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd and let it cool. Transfer the curd to a covered container. Refrigerate the curd until it is chilled and spreadable, at least 2 hours.

The curd can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To serve, spoon the lemon curd into the pastry cups. Top each with three blueberries and a bit of candied lemon zest and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
35µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
67mg
7%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Phosphorus, P
66mg
9%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
192mg
13%
Water
54g
2%

Blueberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Blueberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.