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Lemon Blueberry Heartlets: An off-the-cuff recipe

15 February 2010

What if your valentine doesn’t like chocolate?

Make these, instead!

Step 1. Make (or buy) a pastry crust — cook completely. I added 1/2 tsp almond extract to the ice water; next time, I’m going to add more — the flavor was not discernable at all.

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(I made individual ones, but this will work for a regular pie shell as well.)

Step 2. Make (or buy) lemon curd. Chill lemon curd (if making it).

Step 3. Julienne the peel of 1-2 lemons (I use a vegetable peeler, and am careful not to include too much of the bitter white pith). Bring 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil, drop in the julienned peels, and simmer for 15 minutes.

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Step 4. While the peel is simmering, in a separate pan heat some frozen blueberries and a spoonful of sugar until they burst. Add in 1 Tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in cold water — this will thicken the blueberries and juice. (Alternatively, buy a jar of blueberry preserves — it may be much sweeter than the homemade version, so keep that in mind!). Let cool.

Step 5. Drain the candied peel on a wire rack for a few minutes (hot sugar can burn!) then roll the peel in granulated sugar.

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Step 6. Whip heavy cream and a touch of powdered sugar to soft peak. Fold whipped cream into lemon curd to lighten it. Assemble (note: many pictures missing): spread the lemon curd into the pie shell, spoon the blueberries on top, garnish with some candied lemon peel.

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(Once daylight disappears, my pictures are terrible!)

Step 7. Enjoy. (And remember to tell your honey that you love him/her.)

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 February 2010 3:26 pm

    My brain is still trying to parse “doesn’t like chocolate.” Really? 🙂

    This non-chocolate alternative looks scrumptious!

  2. 15 February 2010 3:52 pm

    I’m with Marsha on the chocolate. However, this is quite enticing.

  3. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    15 February 2010 4:09 pm

    Ladies, do you know that for *years* he had me believing it was a man/woman thing? Until my brother-in-law entered the picture and set me straight: It isn’t that men don’t like chocolate, it’s that the Consort is some sort of freak.

    But I shamefully admit, in January I had a Costco, Ooh-maybe-I-should-get-one-of-these-monster-bags-of-chocolate-chips-“for the pantry” incidents, so I was happy not to have any chocolate on Valentines Day.

  4. 15 February 2010 8:47 pm

    These look delicious and they are so beautiful.

  5. 16 February 2010 9:55 am

    Yum!

  6. 16 February 2010 11:11 am

    Mmm. Pretty. And I’m the one that always picks the fruit dessert instead of the chocolate one.

  7. 16 February 2010 12:41 pm

    My beloved spouse could live without chocolate, but I bet he’d kill for one those astoundingly gorgeous heartlets!

  8. 17 February 2010 2:17 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! Gorgeous!

  9. 19 February 2010 7:38 am

    Yum!

  10. 2 March 2010 2:50 pm

    I would take lemon over chocolate any day! Or caramel over chocolate! And I have actually had people tell me that I’m “not a real woman” because I don’t think chocolate is the end all be all of everything. I do like it though but the sight of those lemon peels really get my mouth watering – I’m going to have to try this recipe.

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