If you have a bunch of friends round for tea on a Summery Saturday morning… and you serve meringues with strawberry and cream.
Then you will be left with a bunch of egg yolks…
Either you can make egg custard and toss equal parts of custard and cream together into the ice cream maker – and thrill Se7en little hoods.
Or you can make creme brulee and totally impress The Father Person. I went with impressing The Father Person. Please note this is not Low G.I. and neither is it recommended as part of a Diabetic Diet!!!
I adapt most of my recipes from this catch all fail safe book:
I have to adapt recipes, I rarely measure anything and I use what I have, which isn’t always what is required!!!
So let’s meet the players:
- 6 Egg Yolks, left over from your merangues.
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence.
- 500 ml of cream.
- 100g of castor sugar (more or less).
And let’s play the game:
Step 1: Whisk the yolks and about 2 tablespoons of the sugar together until they are slightly thick.
Step 2: Heat the cream until it just about boils. Add the vanilla essence.
Step 3: Stir the cream into the sugar and yolk mixture.
Step 4: Pour the custard into the waiting ramekins. And place them into a bath of cold water. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius, for about 15 minutes. A skin will form on the surface and the custard will remain smooth.
Step 5: Cool the ramekins in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then cover each custard ramekin with a layer of castor sugar – between one and two tablespoons per ramekin.
Step 6: At this stage most recipe books say place under the grill until the sugar melts and caramelizes. But the gadget loving father person has a flame throwing gadget, naturaly!
This flame throwing or grilling stage only takes a couple of minutes, watch like a hawk!
Step 7: Place your desserts back in the fridge to cool off, we never ever seem to manage this step! Now there is an art to enjoying these…
You have to smash them… and the flat of the spoon won’t work…
And then dig all the yummy custard out… oh heaven!
Yum, yum – Alas you are done!