Here in Texas, the weather is about 70 degrees on average, the Bradford Pear trees are blooming again and absolutely gorgeous, people are out flying kites, walking their dogs and playing frisbee (Seriously. I live in Mayberry.) and there are mounds of beautiful, fresh lemons in my kitchen – that means Spring is finally here. Usually, I’m a winter kind of person – I love to bundle up in blankets with my hot cocoa and my hubby in front of a fire and just relax. But this winter was a little less-than-cozy…our heater sucks, so we were freezing cold from November through February. These past few days have been the first that I’ve been warm in a few months. Sad, I know. So naturally, now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve been wearing shorts and of course, making all kinds of lemon desserts. That’s where these custards come in.

Bridget of The Way The Cookie Crumbles chose this weeks’ TWD recipe – Lemon Cup Custards. I was beyond excited when I saw her choice – I love lemon and I love custard. However, these were a little too “eggy” for me….Dorie even said herself that this is a very eggy dessert and those of us who aren’t big fans of desserts like this might want to skip this week. Honestly, I thought I was going to love these and its a crying shame I didn’t. I love flan, and I thought these would be similar, but really they weren’t, in my opinion. Too bad, but I’m really glad I made them and got to try them.

Even though I didn’t care much for this recipe, it was still a delight to be using lemons again. I absolutely love the scent of fresh lemon zest – it makes the whole kitchen smell so fresh and “springy”. Now I’m dying to make this lemon cake again! I guess it’s a good thing that next week’s TWD pick is a French Yogurt Cake with lemon marmalade – can’t wait for that one!

Don’t let my opinion of these custards scare you – if you’re a fan of custard and lemon, you might love this! It’s worth a try, anyway! Head over to Bridget’s blog and get the recipe – its really easy and only uses 4 ingredients.

Now get out there and enjoy Spring! Plant some flowers, take your dog on a long walk, sit outside at night with your hubby and enjoy a bottle of wine, or bake something with lemon – that’s the best way to enjoy the weather! Gosh, I sound like a big, stinking hippy, don’t I? Oh well…guess I should embrace it…“If you’re goinggggg to Saaaan Fraaaancisco…be sure to weeeear some flowers in your haaaaaaair….” Um…sorry.  Don’t know exactly where that came from.

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  1. Early flowers are blooming, local birds have come back and everyday I see flocks of other birds overhead going somewhere else – Spring is totally rearing its head here too. It’s a grand thing. I also loved using lemon this week.

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    Comment by rainbowbrown — March 10, 2009 @ 7:38 AM

  2. Sorry you weren’t a fan, but at least you get to use some more lemons next week! I am so jealous of your weather… up in the Northeast, it is flopping between 70 and 40 degrees every day. I wish it would just even out… at 70!!!

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    Comment by Teanna — March 10, 2009 @ 9:44 AM

  3. your custard cups are so pretty! sorry you didn’t love the texture. i thought it was pretty good, but then again i love eggs :)

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    Comment by kim — March 10, 2009 @ 10:30 AM

  4. Pretty pics! :) We got home at midnight last night, so there was no way I could get these made in time. I’m looking forward to the cake next week, though! Miss you!!

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    Comment by Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart — March 10, 2009 @ 10:33 AM

  5. I love spring too because it means summer is almost here. I’m a summer-lover through and through.

    Too bad you didn’t like the custards. Here’s to next week!

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    Comment by Wendy — March 10, 2009 @ 11:45 AM

  6. These look terrific! They weren’t my favorite either, but I’m glad I gave them a shot. Love those colored ramekins – so much better than white ones!

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    Comment by foodlibrarian — March 11, 2009 @ 5:52 AM

  7. This was not my fav either, not a fan of the eggy texture. Yours look like they came out great though, nice job.

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    Comment by Sara — March 11, 2009 @ 8:15 AM

  8. Ah darn, sorry they weren’t quite what you expected. They sure get high points for looks, if that counts :)

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    Comment by Jacque — March 11, 2009 @ 7:44 PM

  9. I’m completely with you on the lemons/spring thing! Just waiting for the temperatures here (RI) to warm up a bit more. But still – there are tulips and daffodils and other wonderful growing things poking up through the soil, and that works for me for now! Love your photos!

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    Comment by jayne — March 12, 2009 @ 4:39 AM

  10. In Louisiana it is also spring which I am learning to love more and more all the time. Scott McKenzie fan?? Left over hippie?? Your beautiful red cups look delicious.

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    Comment by Margaret — March 12, 2009 @ 1:33 PM

  11. Sorry you didn’t love them. It’s still winter in my neck of the woods!

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    Comment by Julies — March 13, 2009 @ 7:57 PM

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