Because of its binding and thickening properties, eggs are essential in smooth and creamy desserts like custards and its baked or steamed versions. With patience and the right technique, simple kitchen staples eggs, milk and sugar can be turned into mouth-watering and elegantly delicate desserts.
Let's Start of with a flan recipe from Hilah Johnson of food blog Hilah's Kitchen. Hilah's recipe is made richer with the addition of cream cheese.
Flan from Hilah Cooking
4 ounces cream cheese
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup sugar
The cream cheese in the recipe makes the flan creamier and more flavorful.
English Trifle is another dessert that highlights the creamy lusciousness of custard. The richness and subtle sweetness of the custard complements the tartness of strawberries and strawberries, the texture of cake smothered with sherry, and the puffiness of the whipped cream.
Traditional English Trifle from Amanda's Cookin'
4 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 egg yolks
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoon cornstarch
9x9 white or yellow cake, baked and cooled
½ cup cream sherry
3 heaping tablespoons seedless red raspberry jam or preserves
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon cream sherry
1 tablespoon sugar
1½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Another dessert that pairs custard with berries is raspberry creme brulee from Taste and Tell blog. The smoothness of the custard comes in contrast with the hard and crunchy torched sugar on top, while the raspberries offer a fresh and fruity burst of flavor in every bite.
Raspberry Creme Brulee. Courtesy: Taste and Tell Blog
2½ cups heavy cream
1 vanilla bean
6 large egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
6 oz fresh raspberries, plus more for serving
3-4 tablespoons sugar
If you're looking for ways to dress up your custard recipes, using sugar ribbons made from caramel can be a great idea. Life as a Strawberry used sugar ribbons to decorate cupcakes. Since the top part of flans and cream brulees often times have caramel of some sort, having a shaped sugar ribbon on top accentuates it even more. The blog offers easy-to-follow instructions for sugar ribbons as well as other decorations for other baked goodies and desserts.
TIP: Use a silicone mat when making sugar ribbons to make it easier to manipulate the sticky caramel.
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