Kaffir Lime Custards

Kaffir Lime Custards
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Kaffir Lime Custards

Will Budiaman

Kaffir Lime Custards

This dreamy custard is super silky and astonishingly simple to make. The secret: It firms up in a couple of hours with lime juice instead of the usual eggs or gelatin.

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Note: The custards can be refrigerated overnight. Garnish just before serving.

*Note: Kaffir lime leaves, popular in Indonesian, Thai, and other Southeast Asian cuisines, are available at specialty food stores and online.


In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the cream with the sugar and kaffir lime leaves and bring to a simmer. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the cream is slightly reduced, about 15 minutes.

Whisk the lime juice into the hot cream. Set a fine-meshed sieve over a measuring cup and strain the cream. Stir in the lime zest and salt. Pour the cream into eight 6-ounce glasses and refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 2 hours. Garnish the custards with whipped cream, lychees, mint, and sea salt and serve right away.


Calories per serving:

285 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 21 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 24 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 577 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 159 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 2 mg
  • Vitamin D 39 IU
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 2 µg
  • Ash 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 81 mg
  • Carotene, beta 34 µg
  • Cholesterol 52 mg
  • Choline, total 15 mg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 6 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 3 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 11 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 4 g
  • Fluoride, F 3 µg
  • Folate, DFE 3 µg
  • Folate, food 15 µg
  • Folate, total 15 µg
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Lactose 3 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 11 mg
  • Niacin 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 92 mg
  • Potassium, K 144 mg
  • Retinol 156 µg
  • Selenium, Se 4 µg
  • Sodium, Na 85 mg
  • Sugars, total 4 g
  • Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 1 µg
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1 µg
  • Water 78 g
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