Lemon Curd and Vanilla cream horns

As per usual I have left my Great Blogger Bake Off attempt till the last-minute, which sometimes is fine but if this week is anything to go by it can be a bit of a nightmare!

After watching Great British Bake Off last week the only recipe I thought I had any chance of getting to work would be the horns, simply because my puff pastry skills are ok.

So having a think about what recipe I could do I decided to go with a bit of a twist on a family favourite, lemon meringue however minus the meringue and replacing it with vanilla cream. I used the same lemon curd that I do in my meringue recipe on these if you want to give that a go head over and have a look here.

I would like to say it went to plan but I had a little mare with over whipping my cream so I had to make an emergency dash to the shop and getting my horns to stay together was a bit tricky however thankfully there was a few that came out (plus as I was short on time I only made 5!).

Lemon Curd and Vanilla Cream Horns Lemon Curd and Vanilla Cream Horns

Lemon Curd and Vanilla cream horns

Lemon Curd and Vanilla cream horns

Ingredients

    For the pastry
  • 250g strong flour
  • 225g butter
  • 150 ml cold water
  • pinch of salt
    For the lemon curd
  • 3 tbs cornflour
  • 150 ml cold water
  • 2 large unwaxed lemons (if your lemons are small you will need approx. 5)
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 25g butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
    For the vanilla cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 200ml double cream

Instructions

    To make the puff pastry
  • In the food processer blend the flour, adding the water slowing until combined (this may not need all the water)
  • Once combined wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for 20 minutes
  • With the butter roll it out between sheets of baking paper until soft to work with but still cold, this then needs to be rolled into a postcard size square.
  • Roll out the pastry until its about 10mm thick and place the butter in the middle.
  • Fold over the sides and top.
  • Fold into half and then roll out to a rectangular shape.
  • Fold twice, top folds down and the bottom folds up, seal down the edges with the rolling pin.
  • Turn the pastry 90 degrees and roll out again.
  • Repeat the fold action above then wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • You then need to repeat the roll and fold actions (followed by time in the fridge) a further 2 times.
  • Once done and chilled roll out on a lightly floured surface until it is approx. 5mm thick.
  • Cut into long thin strips.
  • This needs to be wrapped around the horn shape, if you are like me and don't have these, ice cream cones wrapped in foil will work just as well.
  • Wash with beaten egg
  • Place in the over to cook for 16-18 minutes at gas mark 6 or until golden brown and risen.
    To make the lemon curd
  • Mix the cornflower and water together in a saucepan
  • Grate the zest from the lemons (only use 2 lemons for the zest)
  • Squeeze the juice into a jug until you have approximately 1/4 pint of juice (this is where you may need more than 2 lemons if yours are small)
  • Add the lemon juice and zest to a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, keep stirring with a spoon. Simmer (still stirring) until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and butter.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly then beat in the egg yolk.
  • Pour into the pastry case
  • At this point you can let the filling cool.
    For the vanilla cream
  • Mix together the cream and vanilla essence until it thickens (don't do what I did and over whip!)
    Assembly
  • Add a little bit of lemon curd to your horn then pipe in the cream and enjoy!
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  • Ellen Fazekas

    They look yummy.X

  • Jennypaulin

    Paula your puff pastry is great (again) and i love lemon curd and fresh cream together mmmmm! and you made your own lemon curd too – wow go you! i bet they tasted lovely
    thank you for linking up xx

  • Louise Fairweather

    Wow! I would have cheated and bought the lemon curd. Very impressed!

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  • They look so pretty and the taste must be delicious, I love lemon curd.

    Anca (CookStyle)

  • wendy malone

    I am a fan of lemon curd so im sure i will love these.I shall have a go soon to make some for the family, and let you know how i got on.thanks.

  • Kim Styles

    these look so good -thats amazing that you make everything from scratch