Love Lemony Herbs: Lemon Verbena Crème Brûlée

Summer recipes meet their match with citrusy herbs.

| June/July 2011


  • Photo by Howard Lee Puckett

Used with permission from Jekka’s Herb Cookbookby Jekka McVicar (Firefly Books, 2011). 

My mother made the best crème brûlée. Alistair, my son, has inherited her passion and always rates restaurants and cooks on how well they make this pudding. This is a wonderful recipe; the flavor, with its hint of lemon sherbet, is unique, and makes this brûlée very special. SERVES 4

• 1 cup milk
• 1 handful lemon verbena leaves, finely chopped (reserve a few whole ones to garnish)
• 7 egg yolks
• 1/2 cup fruit sugar
• 1/4 cup whipping cream
• 1/4 cup Demerara sugar or light brown sugar
• Lemon verbena sprigs, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.



2. Put milk in a small pan with chopped lemon verbena leaves; bring to simmering point, remove from heat and leave to cool and infuse.

3. Place egg yolks in a bowl with sugar and whisk until pale and thick. Add the cooled infused milk and the cream and whisk well. Pass through a fine-meshed sieve.






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