Vanilla Bean Custard + Blueberries & A Small Milestone
Less words, more pictures today. Sending out a tasty treat, from me to you. We're celebrating a small milestone. Salt & Twine is officially a month old. It took about three weeks for me to be comfortable with the idea of actually telling anyone about it. Including my mother (sorry, Mom). I was silly and nervous, and pretty sure no one would read it. Thank you for proving me wrong, and for sharing in this with me.
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Doesn't this look delicious? I promise, it is. Make it, and enjoy! xo
Ingredients: 9 pastured egg yolks, beaten (soy and corn-free feed) 2 cups heavy cream, preferably from grass fed cows 1/4 c. local, raw honey 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped dash of salt
fresh blueberries sprinkle of lemon juice
Directions: In a large sauce pan, add eggs, heavy cream, honey, vanilla bean (scraped from pod), and salt. Whisk to combine gently. Turn heat on low and continue to whisk until custard thickens and custard will coat the back of a wooden spoon pretty solidly (approx. 15 minutes). To cool, place pan in an ice bath (no more than halfway up the pan), continue whisking for a few minutes to keep custard smooth. To make sure it's extra smooth, you can pour your custard through a mesh strainer. (Full disclosure: I never do that due to... um, I'm lazy.) Pour custard into small serving dishes, refrigerate to set and cool.
Rinse blueberries and (optional) sprinkle with a little lemon juice. To serve, top custard with fresh berries and supply extra berries as needed.
Note: For my dairy-free peeps, I've heard that this works really well with coconut milk, too. If you use coconut milk, be sure to get the canned stuff that doesn't have a thousand ingredients.
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