Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chocolate Custard

Have I mentioned how much I love Donna Hay? Possibly once or twice. ;-) This recipe is from her Simple Essentials: Chocolate book, and is one of few recipes that divides the Cake household down the middle; while Mr Cake often vetoes my dessert suggestions for being too unhealthy, if I can convince him it'll be okay he usually quite likes the things I choose. This custard, though, is too rich for him. It is very rich - I keep meaning to try it with half milk, which would probably make it more tolerable for him, and I think that would work well enough (though it would be less decadent, and I do like my decadent desserts). But if you just want a little of something really rich, this is pretty yummy and only takes 10 minutes or so to make.

The only ingredient I wouldn't have in my pantry/fridge normally is the cream - and sometimes (like last night) I do - so this really was pretty speedy (i.e. no supermarket trip/begging Mr Cake to make a supermarket trip for me) (which probably wouldn't have worked anyway since he doesn't really dig this dessert).

One of the things I really like is that it tastes like you've spent a lot of time and effort making something amazing, but all it takes is four dishes (a wooden spoon, whisk, saucepan and bowl), 5 ingredients and 10 minutes.

I think this might go well with pavlova - rich and decadent with light and fluffy? This sprung into my mind because this uses four egg yolks - so it seems appropriate. ;-) A sort of super-luxury Eton mess I think would be perfect - broken pav, chocolate custard and berries, layered in a glass serving dish. If I'd been motivated enough to spend more than 10 minutes in the kitchen (or been willing to wait an hour for the pav to cook!) I would have done this last night - oh well, next time.

It's perfectly good on its own, anyway - I like it when it's still steaming hot, so much so that it condensated my bowl:

What better way to conclude a long working day than with a delicious chocolate dessert and a new episode of Castle - I don't often get hooked on TV, but Castle definitely has my attention (though it has occurred to me a few times - usually as I scoop food into my mouth - that it's really not a show to eat in front of, what with all the gore at the beginning). What's your favourite show to curl up in front of with something tasty, for the ultimate blob-out experience?

Chocolate Custard (adapted from Donna Hay's Simple Essentials: Chocolate)
500ml cream
60g chocolate, chopped
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup/55g caster sugar
1 Tbsp cornflour

Heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat until the chocolate has melted. Increase to medium heat and bring just to the boil.

In a bowl, combine the egg yolks, caster sugar and cornflour. Gradually add the cream mixture, stirring constantly, then transfer the mixture back into the saucepan and return to the heat and stirr until thick.


  1. We LOVE Castle at our house. Shame about the new time slot...bit late for us. I like the look of this custard!

  2. Bones! And a new season starts tonight. Yippee!!

    It's another one that can be a bit gory. Best I'm not shovelling raspberry jam desserts into my mouth while I'm watching.

  3. Wow! This is lovely! I would love to try and make this one right now. That is nice.

  4. I can see how this would be rich with all that cream, I tend to melt chocolate into my normal custard.

  5. Off topic,but will you be watching NZ's Hottest Home Baker ?

  6. Hello Mrs Cake, thanks for visiting my place. Your fridge sounds remarkably like mine on the cream front (let me guess, do you have a freezer full of egg whites?). Come to think of it, your Mr sounds a bit like mine too. Argh! I've never knowingly seen us both in the same place at the same time... then again, I've just checked and there's none of this amazing chooclate custard in my fridge. Damn!

  7. Jacksta, I have to confess we never watch it when it's on the telly - the late slot is inconvenient for us too.

    Kaz, I have heard good things about Bones but need to avoid more addictions. ;-)

    Amish bed frames, thanks! It's very yummy.

    Rose, I like that too - and Mr Cake would definitely prefer it that way, but sometimes I like the mega indulgence. ;-)

    Anon, yes - I caught the first episode a bit late, on the TV3 website - but I have to say it's not my favourite cooking show. Still, interesting to see what people come up with. :-)

    The KitchenMaid, thanks for visiting back! And I try to use my egg whites as soon as possible so they don't stack up (we only have a smallish combo fridge/freezer so space is at a premium) but I still need to use the four from this custard. ;-)


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