Saturday, 9 January 2016

Baked Custard

This is a simple warming dish, easy and cheap. Remember this is cooked in a "water bath" and you need to remove the custard as soon as you can tap it with a knife and it is wobbly solid or the eggs will curdle. You can bake it in one big dish or single serving dishes - just remember small dishes will cook faster.

Baked Egg Custard

3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
450ml cream
½ cup caster sugar
Freshly grated nutmeg, to dust

• Step 1
Preheat the oven to 170°C.

• Step 2
Beat the whole eggs, egg yolk and vanilla extract together lightly (you don't want them to become too frothy).

• Step 3
Place the cream in a pan with the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Heat to just below boiling point then pour onto the eggs and stir to combine. (you can do this in the microwave – 1 minute) Strain through a sieve into a 1-litre (4-cup) capacity baking dish or individual oven proof dishes.

• Step 4
Stand in a roasting pan half-filled with hot water. Sprinkle the top with nutmeg. Bake for about 30-35 minutes: it should still wobble slightly.

• Step 5
Remove from oven and serve hot or cold as desired.  Really beautiful with steamed fruits.

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