Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lemon Drops

Our close friends from Sonoma have a wonderful large meyer lemon tree in their backyard. on our last visit we picked tons and brought them home. My daughter and husband spent some time squeezing them all and them we went to town making goodies....lemonade and of course lemon drop cupcakes :D Vanilla lemon cake, filled with lemon filling, and lemon buttercream! I have to say these for sure are my new favorites. The lemons were so sweet and fresh they made them amazing.

My friends have started telling me to stop giving out all me recipes but I have to give you guys something so here's the recipe for the lemon filling that goes inside :D

3/4 cup fine granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold filtered water
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
Juice of a medium lemon (about 1/4 cup) and finely grated zest (I left this out for my kids)

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small saucepan. Gradually add water and whisk until well blended. Whisk in egg yolks, lemon peel and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until thick and bubbly. Boil one minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter. Cool to room temperature, without stirring. Before using mix a little. To fill cooled cupcake, cut the center of each cupcake. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon filling into the cut-out center.
1 Tablespoon chilled unsalted butter