Vanilla Custard with Strawberries

Vanila Custard with Strawberries
Vanila Custard with Strawberries
The Irish love their pudding—especially simple egg custard. If fresh strawberries aren't available, use any seasonal berries. Get the recipe for Vanila Custard with Strawberries »Melanie Acevedo

The Irish love their pudding—especially simple egg custard. If fresh strawberries aren't available, use any seasonal berries.

Vanilla Custard with Strawberries
A blend of luscious vanilla-scented custard and sweet, juicy strawberries defines this dessert.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Halve vanilla bean lengthwise and add to milk in a heavy saucepan. Bring just to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and slowly whisk in 1⁄2 cup of the sugar until sugar has almost dissolved and mixture thickens.
  3. Remove vanilla bean from milk and save for another use. Pour milk into egg–sugar mixture in a thin stream, stirring constantly. Return custard mixture to saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Stir constantly, 15–20 minutes, or until custard is the consistency of pancake batter, a little thicker than heavy cream. Do not boil.
  4. Strain custard through a sieve and pour into six individual dishes or a large serving bowl. Allow the custard to cool at room temperature, then chill.
  5. Wash and trim strawberries. Sprinkle with remaining 1⁄4 cup sugar, mix gently, and let macerate for 1 hour at room temperature. Spoon berries over custard. Serve with shortbread cookies.