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6.1.11

VANILLA CUSTARD


Your best friend is a large whisk when making custard. You don’t want the eggs to curdle; if the eggs curdle, the custard can’t be salvaged. So beat the eggs first lightly and then temper them by gradually adding 3/4 cup hot milk whisking vigorously all the while. Then gradually add the tempered eggs to the rest of the mixture in the pot. If something goes wrong and the custard gets lumpy, whisk it really fast or whizz it up in the food processor. Custard is not hard to make.

3 cups whole milk
4 eggs
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 vanilla pod, scraped
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cold butter

• Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan.
• Place the eggs in a small bowl and whisk well.
• Heat the milk in the microwave to the boiling point.
• Temper the eggs: Bit by bit stir 3/4 cup of hot milk into the beaten eggs.
• Add the remaining hot milk to the pot with the cornstarch mixture and whisk well.
• Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pot and add the pod too.
• Gradually whisk in the tempered egg mixture and bring the mixture to simmer, whisking constantly.
• Continue to simmer, whisking constantly, until custard is sufficiently thickened.
• Remove pot from heat.
• Remove the vanilla pod and whisk in the cold butter.
• Serve the hot custard as is or transfer to a medium bowl.
• Place the bowl inside a large pot and surround it with ice cubes.
• Cover the pot and cool the custard to room temperature.
• Use the cooled custard or wrap and refrigerate for use later.
    

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It began with posting a few recipes on line for my family. "zsuzsa is in the kitchen" has more than 1000 Hungarian and International recipes. What started out as a private project turned into a well visited blog. The number of visitors long passed the two million mark. I organized my recipes into an on-line cookbook. On top of the page click on the cookbook to access the recipes. I am not profiting from my blog, so my visitors will not be harassed with advertising or flashy gadgets. Feel free to cut and paste my recipes for your own use. Publication is permitted as long as it is in your own words and with your own photographs. However, I would ask you for an acknowledgement and link-back to my blog. This is to my old on-line friends and visitors: policing the comment section for spam and answering questions has become a chore. Good wishes to you all, happy cooking and keep on feeding your people with good food.

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