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Caramel Custard – A Sweet Ending


Recently my nephew introduced me to Masterchef Australia – a brilliant, innovative reality cooking show.  It transformed our evenings and brought new excitement and anticipation every single day.  I never thought that food could evoke such strong feelings.  Rightly said that food is one of the passions of man. It rekindled my interest in desserts… dug up the recipe of Caramel Custard and tried it with  new vigor. Like music, we like to end each meal with a sweet note.

So here it is…

Ingredients:

CUSTARD:                                                                              CARAMEL:

Milk – 3 cups                                                                            Sugar – 3 tbsp

Eggs – 3                                                                                   Water – 2 tbsp

Sugar – 6 tbsp

Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp

Preparation:

  • To make caramel, take a thick bottomed pan,heat it and dissolve 3 tbsp of sugar & 2 tbsp of water. Wait until it become golden brown and coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Keep it aside to cool. Take care when handling the hot  pan.
  • Boil milk for 5 minutes.
  • Add sugar, stir well, and keep aside to cool.
  • Whisk 3 eggs, add vanilla essence.
  • Add this to the milk – sugar mixture. Stir well and strain.
  • Pour mixture into the cooled pan with caramel.
  • Steam on medium heat for 30 mins.
  • Cool and turn it upside down on a plate.

Here is Caramel Custard for you. Enjoy !

Note: If condensed milk is used, dilute it with milk and not water.

Quick Tip: When in season, buy peas in bulk. De-pod it and store it in the freezer. This saves time and is economical.

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About Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.

Discussion

8 thoughts on “Caramel Custard – A Sweet Ending

  1. the caramel custard looks heavenly, amma! i’m glad u decided to document all your recipes.now, i don’t have to call up each time!!! 😉

    Posted by sindhu | January 23, 2012, 10:28 AM
  2. Do I know this nephew?? Definitely going to try out this famed recipe of u’rs!

    Posted by Raj | January 23, 2012, 10:38 AM
  3. Congratulations Padmini! your website looks wonderful!

    Posted by Indu | January 24, 2012, 10:29 PM
  4. My favourite dessert was Gulab Jamun… till I tasted your delicious Caramel Custard… Yummy!!! 🙂

    Posted by Divya | February 2, 2012, 8:02 AM

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