Traditional Spanish Recipe- Berry and Lemon Fruit Cup

Ingredients for Traditional Spanish Berry and Lemon Fruit Cup for 8 persons

For the lemon curd
– 4 lemons
– 4 Eggs
– 250 g (1 1/4 cup) sugar
– 50 g (5 Tbsp.) cornstarch
– 1 liter (4 cups) water

For the sponge
– 8 eggs
– 200 g (7 oz.) flour (about 2 cups)
– 200 g (1 cup) sugar
– finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Soaking liquid
– 200 ml (3/4 cup) kirsch
– 200 ml (3/4 cup) simple syrup (100 ml water + 100 g sugar)
– 100 g (6 Tbsp.) lemon juice

– Berries (raspberries, small strawberries, blackberries, red currants)
Preparation of Berry and Lemon Fruit Cup

Method for traditional Spanish Berry and Fruit Cup 

1.    Beat the eggs, sugar and lemon zest until thick and foamy.
2.    Gently fold in the flour. Spread the batter on a prepared baking sheet.
3.    Bake for 22 minutes in a preheated 190° C (380° F). Cool and cut into 3 x 3 cm (1 1/4″) squares.
Soaking liquid
1.    Bring the 100 ml (6 Tbsp.) water and 100 g (1/2 cup) sugar to a boil to make the syrup.
2.    Combine the syrup with the lemon juice and kirsch and moisten the sponge squares in the mixture.
Lemon curd
1.    Grate the zest from the lemons and squeeze the juice. Bring the water to a boil. Combine the eggs, sugar and cornstarch, add the lemon zest, juice and hot water.
2.    Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Strain.
Use transparent dessert cups so that the ingredients can be seen and alternate layers of soaked sponge cake, berries and lemon curd.

Recipe Courtesy of ICEX, the Spanish Secretariat of State for Trade and Tourism, Ministry of the Economy

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