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This Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Custard with Almond Thyme Crumble and Honey Mascarpone is completely made ahead of time... a stunning easy entertaining dessert!
How is it Easter already? Wasn't it just Christmas? ...especially considering some of my
lazy unmotivated neighbors still haven't taken down their Christmas lights, I believe so. Not that I can blame them. We literally just started to be able to see patches of grass again after a crazy winter.
I'm always so pumped about this time of year. The days get longer. Nature renews and replenishes after the dead of winter. I finally get to pack away all my sweaters for as long as possible. And possibly most importantly, it's almost grilling season (I can almost hear my pal and fellow grilling aficionado David @ Spiced Blog giving me a huge heck yea to that one).
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Easter. I'm all about celebrating Easter with a massive brunch. You know the ones I'm talking about. Where you put out this gigantic, gluttonous smorgasbord of help-yourself type foods that everyone just dives into. My plate always becomes a feat of architectural proportions, constructing a three-story tall food sculpture as I make my way down the line of food (I get overly excited around food, in case you didn't know that already).
When it comes to serving dessert at brunch, I want something that's not incredibly heavy. I mean, I still have dinner to look forward to and eat afterwards 😉 I want my brunch dessert to have big, bright flavors that will satisfy my sweet tooth without putting me in a couch-ridden food coma. Something like this Gluten-Free Meyer Lemon Custard with Almond Thyme Crumble and Honey Mascarpone.
This gluten free Easter dessert is awesome for several reasons...
- every single component is make ahead, so all you need to do is assemble and serve. It's the epitome of easy entertaining.
- it's gluten-free, which you know at least one person at brunch is going to need.
- the dollop of honey mascarpone on top makes this dessert sound super sophisticated and will impress the heck out of your guests, even though it's just 2 ingredients and took all of 30 seconds to make.
- if you want super easy entertaining, don't even assemble... just put out the custard, almond-thyme crumble, and honey mascarpone and let guests assemble it themselves DIY style.
An insider tip to assembling these... add a LOT more crumble to them than what it looks like in these photos. Like a mountain of the almond-thyme crumble. I just couldn't add more of the crumble to the photos without it looking weird in the camera. #foodphotographyproblems
This dessert is in essence a deconstructed pie (feel free to tell your friends and family that and they'll be extra impressed by your avant garde culinary skills), so you want there to be enough crumble to serve as the "crust". Every single bite should have the crumble for maximum devouring pleasure 🙂
Oh, and if you have leftovers of the Gluten Free Almond Thyme Crumble, save it as a topping for ice cream, morning yogurt with fresh fruit, or really, just snack on it right out of the container (I won't tell).
A word about Bob's Red Mill. I'm such a fan of their stuff. A whole shelf in my pantry is literally stuffed with their products... almond meal, rice flours, gluten-free flour blends, corn meal, fava bean flour, lentils, farro... the list goes on and on. LOVE Bob's Red Mill.
If you haven't discovered or tried Bob's Red Mill products yet, you totally need to. You can even scroll down to the bottom of this post for a link to a $1 coupon for any of their products 🙂Print