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What is custard powder?

Custard Powder

It’s not an ingredient that you’ll see called for too often in American cookbooks, but you’re sure to see custard powder mentioned in cookbooks published in the UK or Australia, or even in the pages of foodie magazines imported from either country. I used some recently in my recipe for Vanilla Slices. Custard powder is not dried, powdered custard. It is actually a powdered mix ... Read More »

Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice

The name is unassuming, but the Vanilla Slice is an almost iconic dessert in Australia. Much like the chocolate chip cookie in the US, you can find it just about anywhere that pastries are sold, from coffee shops to bakeries. There is even a big competition held every year to find the best slice in the country! Much like chocolate chip cookies, there are just ... Read More »

Thai Coffee Creme Caramel

Thai Coffee Creme Caramel

I am a big fan of Thai coffee and Thai iced tea. The iced tea, which is regular iced tea sweetened with [usually a lot] of sweetened condensed milk, is probably a bit more common than the coffee version, but the coffee is made the same way, with sweetened condensed milk. The milk is thick and very sweet, with rich caramel flavor to it, and ... Read More »

What is crème anglaise?

Creme anglaise

Crème anglaise is a very rich custard that is often used as a sauce with other desserts. It is sometimes described as a “pouring custard” because it is thin enough to be poured and is not, unlike some pudding-like custards, thick enough to be scooped for serving. The custard sauce is made with cream and egg yolks, lightly sweetened with sugar and lightly flavored with ... Read More »

Egg Custard Tarts

Egg Custard Tart

Egg custard tarts are desserts that are popular in a number of different cultures and, while all are similar, none are quite alike. Pastal de nata, the Portuguese custard tarts, are usually cooked so that the top of the tart browns and begins to caramelize. Dan tats, Chinese egg custard tarts, have a unique flakey pastry crust and a richly eggy center. The first tarts ... Read More »

Chocolate Custards

Chocolate Custards

I have an easy time using up extra egg whites when I have them because I have a general affinity for egg white heavy desserts (not to mention high protein egg white omeletes for breakfast!). Angel food cakes, pavlova, macaroons… the list goes on. I have a much harder time using up egg yolks, especially when I have a lot of them to contend with. ... Read More »

Baked Rice Pudding

Baked Rice Pudding

 Rice pudding is comfort food, no question about it. Sweet and creamy, it’s a relatively substantial custard dish made thick with rice and (usually) studded with juicy raisins. I usually make mine on the stovetop, starting either with leftover rice or with uncooked rice, depending on what is available to me at the moment. I’ve even turned stove-cooked rice pudding into ice cream before. While I like ... Read More »

Baked Custard

Custard is not really the most visually impressive of foods. It can be thick, thin, cooked on the stovetop or baked in the oven. A good custard will have a pale, yellowish or cream color and, if it is a baked custard, probably a slightly darker “skin” on top. Some people, like me, love it and some hate it. Creme brulee cleverly covers it up ... Read More »

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