Lemon Confectioner's Custard

Lemon Confectioner's Custard
This recipe is for a confectioner's custard with a difference: it's a little less sweet than the classic confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream) and has double lemon flavour, using both zest and juice, for plenty of tangy lemon taste.

It's the perfect filling for lemon tarts, of course, but also verrines, profiteroles, eclairs, etc.
109,8583.9/5 for 42 ratings
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Last modified on: May 9th 2018

For 350 g, you will need:

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1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 2 min.
Lemon Confectioner's Custard : Photo of step #1
Pour 250 ml milk into a saucepan.

Grate the lemon zest into the milk...

Stage 2 - 1 min.
Lemon Confectioner's Custard : Photo of step #2
...and add ½ vanilla pod. Mix well.

Stage 3 - 7 min.
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Bring to the boil on medium heat.

As soon as the milk comes to the boil, take off the heat, cover and leave to infuse for 15 minutes.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Mix 3 egg yolks and 30 g caster sugar with a soft spatula. Add 20 g cornflour and mix again.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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Pour the milk, while it is still hot, onto the egg yolks through a sieve to remove the lemon zest (which has a rather unpleasant texture in the mouth). Stir to mix thoroughly.

Stage 6 - 7 min.
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Pour the mixture back into the pan, put on low heat and leave to thicken while beating continuously.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
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Once the custard has thickened, leave to cook for 10 minutes uncovered, then add the lemon juice and beat in rapidly with the whisk.

Your lemon confectioner's custard is ready.

Stage 8
If you want to cool the custard quickly, even very quickly, do it like the professionals. See how in this video.


To make a lime version of this custard, simply use a lime instead of the lemon.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
650 Kcal or 2,721 Kj26 gr65 gr32 gr
32 %10 %6 %5 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
132 Kcal or 553 Kj5 gr13 gr7 gr
7 %2 %1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Based on recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.

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