But I can't always go to Abbott's and I love playing in the kitchen, so Logan, Morgan and I made custard the other day.
It was delicious.
It was marvelous. I pulled out the cool ice cream maker that Seth and Lacey gave me for Christmas a few years ago... and my asparagus scale was a little suspicious and had to come forward and check things out. She hadn't seen the flashy red appliance in quite some time and at her age, Betsy the Scale has grown somewhat protective... but in the end, all was okay.
It is GONE which is a testament to the custardy goodness because the freezer is filled with all kinds of ice cream novelties. But the Gladware tub of homemade custard disappeared real quick!
I got the recipe from Serious Eats.com I tweaked it a little, but I'll tweak it more the next time.
Basically you cook the custard mixture until it "sheets" a spoon. That means it doesn't quite run off the spoon, it's like making clotted cream for the queen. :)
So here's the recipe we used:
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons light (clear) corn syrup
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
I did the original recipe as posted, except we doubled it (big family), and used 1/3 cup sugar and the corn syrup.
I should have left it at 1/4 cup sugar per batch because that would have been plenty... and when we make it this week, I'm cutting the egg yolks in half, so 2 egg yolks/batch. I used a pure vanilla extract, and that gave the flavor a perfect depth. In cookies I'll use imitation vanilla, but in creams and ices, I want the real thing.
Here's what it looks like first:
And then it darkens and thickens a little.... over medium heat, whisking all the while (it only takes a few minutes)
And this is when it's ready to take off the stove and plunge the pan into an ice water bath to cool quickly:
We used the Cuisinart ice cream and yogurt maker, and I love this machine. It takes "simple" to the max. You freeze the cylinder, and when the mixture is done, you fill the cylinder and flip the switch. The machine does all the work.
And of course I had to test it as it churned!
The creamy texture was perfect. It was a touch sweet, my bad for increasing the sugar because I know that real cream needs little sweetening!
I can't wait to try it with fewer eggs and doing a chocolate version... silky chocolate custard is so amazingly delicious!
Thank you, Serious Eats for a chance to try this one... and for the inspiration to keep playing because when you love frozen custard... it's a match made in heaven!
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