Harvest Corn Custards
Layers of colorful custard and snowy whipped cream mimic the look of candy corn in this dessert.
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Tbs. honey
- Orange or red and yellow food coloring, such as Wilton or Seelect
- 1 oz. chopped semisweet chocolate or 3 Tbs. chocolate chips
- 1 cup whipping cream
- Ground nutmeg, for sprinkling
1. Whisk together eggs and sugar in heat-proof bowl until smooth and light-colored. Whisk in flour and salt.
2. Bring milk to a boil in saucepan. Whisk 1/4 cup boiling milk into egg mixture. Whisk in 1/2 cup milk, then gradually whisk in remaining milk. Return mixture to saucepan, and cook 2 minutes over medium heat, or until thickened, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla.
3. Scoop 1 cup custard into bowl, and whisk in honey. Add food coloring to achieve bright-orange color.
4. Transfer remaining custard to separate bowl, and whisk in chocolate until melted. Cover both custards with plastic wrap pressed directly onto surface to prevent skin from forming. Cool.
5. Once cooled, whisk both custards until smooth.
6. Beat whipping cream with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/2 cup whipped cream into chocolate custard.
7. Spoon 21/2 Tbs. honey custard into 6 small glasses, pressing down to remove any air pockets. Layer 1/4 cup chocolate custard atop honey custard in each glass, and smooth with spoon. Top each serving with 3 Tbs. whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg.
October 2011 p.36