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Pineapple Custard

Although Labor Day is behind us, there are several weeks remaining in summer to enjoy some refreshing desserts.  This weekend, inspired by the newest addition to our kitchen – a pineapple corer – I prepared a pineapple custard.  After coring this tropical fruit with ease, I decided to incorporate it into this light dessert.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk

3 large eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup pineapple cut into small chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Heat the milk in a saucepan until it is warm – do not bring it to a boil.  Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.  Pour the warm milk into the mixing bowl containing the other ingredients, whisking gently while pouring.  Then stir in the pineapple.

Pour the custard mixture into ramekins (the above quantities filled four of my ramekins).  Then place the ramekins in a large Pyrex baking dish.  Create a water bath by pouring enough hot water into the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.  Cover the entire baking dish with aluminum foil, but not tightly, as the custard may puff up a bit.  Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick into the custard and it comes out clean.

This custard is at its best if you allow it to set for several hours in the refrigerator before serving.

When ready to plate, top each ramekin with additional slices of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.  My favorite maraschino cherries are those from Tillen Farms – free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.  These cherries from the Pacific Northwest are a rich, deep red and are a perfect complement to the sweet yet tart pineapple.

Pineapple Custard

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer with this tropical dessert!

A Summer Flan

Flan is one of my favorite desserts.  It is rich yet light, and it is so simple to prepare.  This custardy dessert is also a great way to incorporate fresh berries – simply serve a spoonful of blueberries and raspberries alongside a slice.

Below is my recipe for flan, which I have modified slightly since I last wrote about it.  After making many flans, I’ve decided that the best way to achieve the caramel topping is to leave out the water – let the sugar stand alone!

Ingredients:

5 eggs

14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Beat the eggs.  Mix the eggs, condensed milk, whole milk and vanilla (this is the flan mixture).

Eggs

Batter

Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the sugar.  Using a wooden spoon, stir the sugar until it melts and turns a light brown color (this is the caramel).

Sugar

Sugar 1

Sugar 2

Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the caramel into a buttered 9 inch round pie dish.  Then pour the flan mixture into the dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil.  Place the pie dish into 1 inch of hot water in a larger pan to create a water bath.  Bake for about 50 minutes.  To test, insert the tip of a knife in the flan.  If the knife comes out clean, then the flan is finished.  Chill the flan before serving.  To serve, place fresh berries on the side of the flan.

Flan

It’s difficult to find a lighter, tastier and simpler dessert…enjoy!