Itty-Bitty Lemon or Lime Pies

itty bitty lemon or lime pies
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 4 eggs plus 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon or lime zest (from about 3 lemons or limes)
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz.) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 box (1.9 oz.) mini phyllo shells, such as Athens
  • Whipped cream for serving


Set a fine-mesh strainer over a heatproof, medium bowl. In a heavy, medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, citrus juice, eggs, egg yolks and 2 tbsp. citrus zest. Add the butter and cook over medium heat, stirring, until completely melted.

Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes (do not let it boil). Strain, discarding the solids. Stir in the remaining 1 tbsp. citrus zest. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Bake the phyllo cups according to package directions; let cool. fill them with the citrus curd and collop each with whipped cream. Top with more zest if desired.