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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Notes

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.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2  Cups  heavy cream
  • 1  Cup  sugar
  • kaffir lime leaves*
  • 1/2  Cup  plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2  Teaspoons  finely grated lime zest
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
  • Lychees, quartered, for garnish
  • Mint, chopped, for garnish
  • Sea salt, for garnish

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
52mg
17%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
158µg
23%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
81mg
8%
Choline, total
15mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
14µg
4%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
91mg
13%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
84mg
6%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
77g
3%

Lime 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.

Lime 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.