Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cream Pudding covered with Meringue

Little egg-y wonders

Very egg-y and simple dessert that impressed my friend who came over way back in April. I'll update this recipe as soon as I can.

Recipe's based on two found in "The Essential Dessert Cookbook".

3 egg yolks
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Meringue topping
4 egg whites
1 cup of sugar

To start, separate 4 eggs. Since we'll be using all of the eggs, store the whites separately for later. Boil the milk in a large saucepan on medium-high, being careful not to let it curl (it shouldn't take more than 7 minutes). Should it curl, stir it lightly until the thin film of curd is gone.

While the milk's getting ready, whisk the eggs and sugar until it's light and creamy (takes about 10 minutes by hand). Slowly pour the mixture into the milk and let it cook for 5 minutes until pale and thick, stirring it constantly. About 2 minutes before the cream's ready to bake, add the vanilla extract.

Get the hot bath ready by placing 4 ramekins into oven-safe soup bowls. Fill the bowls with boiling water up to halfway up the ramekins height. Pour the cream into each ramekin.

While they start cooking on their own, whisk the egg whites and the sugar until stiff white peaks form. Scoop the mixture onto the ramekins, being careful not to mix them. Place the plates onto a baking sheet and bake until the meringues are golden brown.


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