The Lion Eggsperts Team have asked me to create an egg recipe that will help use up leftovers.
Ok so to fit that brief my recipe probably needs a bit of justification. This is how I make proper custard from scratch and I’m using it here to make trifle with
old left over, stale dry cake and some blueberries that were looking a bit sad in the bowl. But really, good custard, hot or cold can transform any leftover desert from fit for the bin to fit for a queen!
That last slice of apple pie, some plums left to become a little over ripe (warmed with some cinnamon – yum), even a handful of granola can make a delicious desert with extra special, fresh custard. This recipe is also great for those moments when you’ve overestimated how much milk you’ll need!
You Will Need:
8 fl oz / 230 ml pint Milk
1/2 tablespoon golden caster sugar
- Either slice your old cake or use a cookie cutter to create interesting shapes.
- Place the cake in the bottom of a clean jar
- Make up a packet of jelly (jello) as per the instructions on the packet. 1 pint of jelly made enough for these three jars but if you used smaller jars it would obviously go further.
- Pour the jelly over the cake and add some fruit (optional). Allow to set completely.
- Now to make the custard! Separate your egg. You’ll use the yolks for this recipe but the whites can be used to make meringues or angel food cake etc…
- Mix the sugar with the egg yolk and beat until the colour begins to pale.
- Gently heat the milk in a pan, stirring constantly. Scrape out the vanilla pods and add the whole lot, seeds and pods to the milk. When the milk is just coming to the boil, pour over the egg/sugar mixture.
- Return the whole mixture to the pain and continue to heat until the mixture thickens enough that you can draw a line in the back of a spoon like this..
- Allow the custard to cool but not so much that it sets and pour over the jelly.
- Put the jars in the fridge to set a little while you whisk up some double cream
- Spoon over the custard and decorate with more fruit, a little glitter, chocolate shavings – whatever you like.
So what do you think? I think this is a great way to spruce up old cake (remember you can freeze cake left overs and defrost to make trifle) and a cute way to serve desert.