A question about a recipe: Tartine Bakery's Lemon Cream

I have a question about step 2 on the recipe "Tartine Bakery's Lemon Cream" from Genius Recipes. It says:

"Combine the lemon juice, whole eggs, yolk, sugar, and salt in a stainless steel bowl that will rest securely in the rim of a saucepan over, not touching, the water.
Where can I find a stainless steel bowl shallow enough to fit over an 8" or 10" pan? I have searched and searched! I have an All-Clad 3 qt saucepan that is 8" across but only 4 1/8" deep and Staub 6 qt pot that is 10" across and 4 1/4" deep. All ss bowls I found were at least 4" deep. I ended up buying an encapsulated one piece double boiler from de BUYER, but when I made the lemon cream, it only came to 140 degrees, not the recommended 180, so now it's not as firm. My glass bowls are not tempered so I didn't use them. Any ideas? Thank you!

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Recipe question for: Tartine Bakery's Lemon Cream

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour March 16, 2012

Do a google image search for "makeshift double boiler." You want to choose a bowl that is larger in diameter than the pot, so only part of it will be resting inside, and the bottom of the bowl will be a couple inches above the bottom of the pot.
I'm not sure why your encapsulated double boiler was only able to bring the lemon curd to 140º. It seems like it should be able to get the curd to the correct temperature.

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cylin4
cylin4 January 20, 2017

I use the bowl from my KitchenAid stand mixer, a large glass pyrex bowl, or a large stainless steel prep bowl nested on top of my All Clad 3 1/2 quart sauce pan.

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Smaug January 20, 2017

It won't hurt to use a 4" deep bowl, or any sort of non reactive bowl. Stainless steel is good because it is usually thin and reacts to heat quickly, but you can make do. If you feel like investing in your kitchen at some point though, a set of shallow, nesting bowls is a great kitchen asset, and takes little room.

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