Monday, January 31, 2011

RSVP Redux: Meyer Lemon Budino


I've had my eye on this recipe for a month or so--ever since Barb mentioned her RSVP Redux project, which has bloggers make dishes from Bon Appetit's RSVP section and post them at the end of the month. For those not in the know, RSVP is a monthly column that publishes restaurant recipes  requested by readers. This Meyer Lemon Budino is from Delfina, an Italian restaurant/pizzeria located in San Francisco near Dolores Park and another favorite--Tartine. Budino is technically Italian for pudding, but that's about where the consensus stops. Budino can be custard-like, mimic a souffle, or resemble a pudding cake. One thing, however, is for sure--budino should be creamy and pack a flavorful punch, elevating pudding from lunchbox snack to decadent dessert.

As an aside, the consumption of these lemon budinos marked the official changing of the guard--my family has been replaced with the new roommates as the official Baking Barrister taste testers. Baked when they were at work, during one of my final days of unemployment, I left them on the counter with a note: Hi. I'm a lemon pudding thing from Bon Appetit. Eat me. It worked, and pure lemon goodness was had. We were most intrigued by the contrast of textures in this budino--the recipe is divided in half, part custard and part meringue. When mixed together and baked, the two parts separate, leaving you with a meringue topped custard.  I would recommend this to anyone needing to whip up a quick and flavorful dessert--it's satisfying and takes 45 minutes from prep to finish.

Now go look at the pretty pictures. 



21 comments:

Betty Ray said...

Oh wow, this look so incredibly good. I'm cooking out of Bon Appetit this week and so far everything has been great. I'll have to find this recipe now.

Jenni said...

I yes, I do want to eat you, Lemon Thing! :) Looks and sounds wonderful!

Ken│hungry rabbit said...

Heavenly lemon! Great job.

joy (The Herbed Kitchen) said...

The separation of the meringue and the custard is gorgeous. I'd love to have access to meyer lemons but curses on living in eastern Canada. RSVP Redux is very cool, I think they have something on the website where you can submit your own version of their printed recipe... is it kind of the same thing? Or is it absolutely the same thing and I'm kind of an idiot?

Jackie Gordon Singing Chef said...

That looks divine. I want it now! Nice pics too!

Jill Colonna said...

Here's to a buzzing budino! Beautiful.

Tiffany said...

Lookin' tasti! :D

bb's mom said...

hey daughter of mine-where's the recipe? you know you left me with a bunch of lemons in my fridge that i bought for you to use.

mom

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

That's it. I am growing my own Meyer Lemon tree. I have been looking for these lemons everywhere. I am sure I could make it with regular lemons but it would not be the same (insert pouty child face here :)) I would love to make this for Valentine's Day and serve it with a little custard on the side.

Lisa said...

looks fantastic!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

Being Italian, it does weird me out to call this a budino. We really call budino only the pudding part. But no matter how you call this thing...it looks amazing and I'm in love with the fact that it's a meyer lemon flavor. I love meyer lemons!
Enjoy your last days of unemployment :)

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

I didn't think this was budino? But I love anything with meyer lemons, I can't get enough of them lately. What lucky roommates, I've never found food with a note "eat me" on it before. I surely would have. I have to try this one. Thanks for sharing it, how did I miss it!
-Gina-

Rosy said...

Those pictures are indeed very pretty. Looks delicious.

Isabelle said...

I love these self-saucing puddings... for some odd reason, they remind me of my university days, when the only dessert ever worth eating at our dining hall was a hot chocolate pudding that was made using a very similar technique to this one.
Since I love lemon almost as much as I love chocolate, I think this pudding and I would get along very well indeed. Bookmarked for later!

Monet said...

I adore the RSVP section in Bon Appetit. I need to get around to making some more of the recipes that they share. This looks like a real winner. I've never heard of a budino before, but after seeing yours...I want to try making one! Thank you for sharing with me, my sweet friend. I hope you are staying safe and warm. It is even too cold in my part of the country...and I'm in Austin!

danasfoodforthought said...

Your new roommates are so lucky! Good luck in your new apartment and with your new job :)

Joy said...

Ohhhhh that looks wonderful.

Mrs. Mix-it said...

Yummy, OMG!!! I love all things lemon!!! I can't wait to make and taste. I wish i could lick the screen and taste!!!

Jackie said...

Can I be your housemate, please? Blimey, this looks delicious. That photo of the creaminess at the bottom of the bowl kills me.

Definitely going to save this for some experimentation! Even if I can't find willing volunteers to taste-test I can just rely on my own tastebuds...

Jax x

Amy at TheSceneFromMe said...

I made something just like this called luscious lemon pudding cakes! Love lemon!!!!
http://thescenefromme.com/2011/02/02/luscious-lemon-pudding-cake-cups/

Kim said...

Now I feel uber bad that I never got you a bag of Meyer lemons. :( But happy you have some, and even happier this only takes 45 minutes. Tabbed to try before my tree gives out.

[K]

P.S. Congrats on the move!

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