Lemon custards with lavender shortbread

By Amanda Laird

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Lemon custards with lavender shortbread. (Plates, napkins, cutlery and glasses from French Country Collection.) Photo / Babiche Martens
Lemon custards with lavender shortbread. (Plates, napkins, cutlery and glasses from French Country Collection.) Photo / Babiche Martens

Serves 4

Shortbread
1 Tbs cornflour
25g icing sugar
1 cup plain flour
125g butter, cut into small cubes
dried lavender - available at gourmet foodstores

Lemon custards
2 tsp gelatine
2 egg yolks
1 Tbs caster sugar
1/2 cup milk
finely grated zest of one lemon
1/2 cup cream, whipped

1 To make the shortbread; sieve the dry ingredients together. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter then knead very lightly to form a soft, smooth dough.

2 Preheat oven to 150C. Cut into rounds and place on a greased or lined baking tray. Sprinkle with lavender and press lightly.

3 Bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. Carefully remove to a rack to cool.

4 To make the custards, dissolve the gelatine in 2 tablespoons of boiling water.

5 Beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale. Bring milk to boiling point then remove from heat and whisk into the eggs.

6 Return the mixture to a heavy based saucepan and heat gently while stirring with a wooden spoon until the custard begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and fold in the lemon, gelatine and cream. Spoon into ramekins and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with the shortbread.

- NZ Herald

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