Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Custard Sauce Recipe

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The entire cooking time for this custard sauce recipe will be approximately 20 minutes. This recipe is the base of many of the custard based desserts such as creme brulee.
This recipe will make just over 3 cups of real, delicious custard (served warm or cold), which is a perfect topping for fruit desserts or fruit based pies which works especially well if you forgot the ice-cream.

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ a cup of sugar
  • Teaspoon of salt
  • 2 ½ cups of milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
 

Instructions

  1. You will need 4 eggs (8 if you only want to use the yolks), which you need to beat together with ½ a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of salt (optional)
  2. While beating, stir in 2 ½ cups of milk (skim or 1% low fat will work just fine)
  3. Next step is to cook over a low heat, which is very important. You must stir constantly until the mixture is a thick enough consistency to coat the spoon. The heat should be around the 160 degrees Fahrenheit reading at this stage. You should now remove from heat and cool quickly.
  4. You can cool quickly by putting the mixture (bowl and all), into another bowl with ice and/or very cold water (I definitely use the ice method when I can help it).
  5. Even at this stage you need to keep stirring for about another 3-5 minutes.
  6. While it’s cooling down (after the three minute mark in the above instruction, put in 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla.
  7. In order to help prevent a skin type layer forming, cover with plastic wrap (the wrap must touch the surface of the custard so there is not air between custard and plastic wrap).
  8. Now you can serve while warm, or my preference is to refrigerate till chilled.
Some extra tips:
  • Adding more sugar makes the custard less firm however it will also lengthen the cooking time.
  • Adding more egg firm up the custard and shortens cooking times.
How to serve custard?
  • A topping for fresh or cooked fruit.
  • Use as a base for custard ice cream.
  • Add custard to plain cake that is starting to dry.
  • Vanilla custard is perfect for trifle.
  • A topping for steamed puddings or plain cakes
Please share this custard sauce recipe if you found it useful, thanks!
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