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White Chocolate Custard with Raspberries

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Courtesy of Chef and Blogger, David Lebovitz: www.davidlebovitz.com

So, here’s what David has to say about White Chocolate Custard with Raspberries: I serve these custards slightly warm, which softens the raspberries and releases their subtle, sweet perfume. Savor these with tiny, delicate silver spoons; something as dreamy and elegant as these quivering custards, with their creamy-smooth white chocolate demands to be relished in small, measured doses.

David’s words say it all. This recipe is divine!! I made it recently and served it to two dear friends. It is swoon-worthy. While you don’t taste the white chocolate as a flavor, it provides both body and richness. You do want to serve this slightly warm and savor it slowly. You will not forget the exceptional texture and mouthfeel of this custard for a long time.

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White Chocolate Custard with Raspberries

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Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups (375 ml) half and half
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Rain’s Choice Vanilla Sugar or
  • 2 teaspoons Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons Kirsch
  • 11/2 cups (200 grams) fresh raspberries

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, warm the half and half with the white chocolate and sugar over low heat. Stir gently until the white chocolate is melted, then remove from the heat.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Gradually add the warm half and half mixture to them, stirring gently with the whisk. Add the Kirsch and vanilla extract if using.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (175 Celsius).
  4. Set four ounce (125 ml) ramekins or six ounce (150 ml) custard cups in a baking pan with high sides. Add warm water to the larger pan, so that the water reaches half way up the outside of the custard cups, creating a water bath. Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the custards appear to be slightly jiggly.
  5. Remove the custards from the water bath and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Serve slightly warm, or at room temperature, topped with the fresh raspberries.

Notes

Serves 4

 

 

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