Hello, I hope you are well and enjoying these long days of summer. Do you love it as much as I do?
I am upstairs, the window let in a soft breeze, birds sing, and a soft rain falls quietly. I feel relaxed and profoundly happy.
This is the time for early morning walks, time for beautiful flowers and gorgeous-looking fruits.
Time away from the computer.
"What do we have for dessert?" Brady asked me. A dessert that tastes like summer - colorful, fresh and light, vanilla-flavored custard, topped with homemade fruit sauce and fresh fruits, I said.
This dessert recipe is quick and simple to prepare, one you might like to keep handy.
Vanilla-Flavored Custard topped with Homemade Fruit Sauce & Fresh Fruits
Makes about 4
For the Custard
♥ 1 can sweetened condensed milk
♥ 1 3/4 cup whole milk (use the condensed milk can to measure the milk amount)
♥ 3 egg yolks
♥ 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/2 cup milk to dissolve it
♥ 1 tsp vanilla extract, or more to taste
For the Fruit Sauce
♥ 2 cups seasonal fruits - this time I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries
♥ 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the fruits
♥ 2 tbsp water
♥ Fresh fruits to serve.
Beat the egg yolks until completely dissolved and smooth. Place them in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add the milk, and stir the mixture slowly.
Add the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla extract.
Mix the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of milk, and gradually pour the dissolved cornstarch into the pan. Keep stirring until it becomes a thick and creamy texture. Do not let it boil.
Puree the fruits in a blender or food processor.
Combine the fruit puree, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat stirring occcasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook until mixture thickens.
♥ Pour the custard into small glasses and let it cool completely until ready to serve. Once ready to serve pour the fruit sauce on top of the cream and freshly diced fruits over it, and enjoy this simple and delicious dessert.
The versatility of this recipe makes it a truly an all-occasion dessert. I have experimented with it a number of times, like adding chocolate or coconut instead of vanilla extract, and you can use all sorts of seasonal fruits according to your mood and fancy.
Another variation is to pour the custard over pie crust and top off with the fruit sauce and freshly cut fruits instead of using small glasses. The results are always extremely delicious.