I had a dinner party to plan and pana cotta to make as I promised my friends I will bring the puds.
After searching the spice aisle, the pastry section and the "specialty" products at my local supermarket, I had to admit defeat and accept the fact they had run out of vanilla pods !
No time to shop elsewhere as the panna cotta had to set for the evening, I surrendered and bought a bottle of Hansells Natural vanilla extract with seeds.
Well well, it really was a nice surprise in the end !
Still preferring the pods; I will adopt this little saver in a money-saving, time-saving bid from time to time.
It really is as close as it gets to the real stuff and works out much cheaper. (£3.50/50ml from Tesco)
It is best made the night/day before but doesn't need much time to set ;-)
Ingredients for 2 (and a kid's) servings :
- 290ml or 1/2pt double cream
- 1 tsp Hansells vanilla extract with seeds
- 1 egg + 3 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp caster sugar + enough for the topping
1. Pre-heat the oven to 170c
2. Pour the cream into a saucepan and heat until it starts bubbling
3. Meanwhile, beat the egg and yolks with the sugar until lighter in colour and foamy. Pour the mix into the cream and start stirring off the heat
4. Place the saucepan back onto the lowest possible heat. Or even better on a bain-marie and heat very
gently; stirring at all time until the custard reaches a thicker consistency. (Coating the back of a spoon)
5. Immediately remove from the heat and strain into the ramequins. Your custard may have curdled a bit a the bottom, this is why you are straining it … no panic
6. Bake, uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes or until a crust starts forming
7. Leave in the fridge to set overnight
9. Either "burn" the sugar with a blow torch or under the grill and place back in the fridge to harden
Et voilà ! (see pic above)
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