I had 4 egg yolks leftover from making these peanut butter chip pillows recently. I was debating what to do with them so I sent out a tweet asking for suggestions which did not include custard and got the following replies: lemon curd, lemon meringue, meringue pie/tart and golden cake (thank you to those who replied)
What did I end up making? Custard which I did not want to make initially but I honestly just couldn't resist having seen them on Laura's blog and tweets. I had to wait another day to make them as I didn't have any cream in the house so the anticipation had been building up and they were well worth it.
I made a few different flavours - vanilla, lemon, lemon and honey, coffee and chocolate. My favourite was the coffee one which was a surprise as I don't drink coffee but then again I do like coffee based desserts. Surprisingly, the chocolate ones were my least favourite.
These custard pots are really smooth and silky and taste much better chilled. Writing this post makes me wish I still have some in the fridge!
Recipe adapted from cakeandfeminism
4 egg yolks (you can also use whole eggs)
140g golden caster sugar
300ml double cream
300ml whole milk
For vanilla - add 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or 1/2 vanilla pod (for 2 ramekins)
For lemon - add 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1-2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice (to taste)
For honey and lemon - add 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1 teaspoon honey
For coffee - add 1 teaspoon instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon of hot water
For chocolate - add a few chunks of melted chocolate
- Preheat oven to 150C.
- Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl.
- Bring the cream and milk to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Pour onto the egg mixture, whisking throughout.
- Pour the custard into ramekin dishes.
- Add flavours as suggested above.
- Sprinkle ground nutmeg or cocoa powder on top depending on flavour used.
- Bake for 1 hour in the centre of the oven.
- It should be set around the edges but still have a wobble in the middle.
- Allow to cool then place in the fridge.
- Best eaten chilled.