Yield: 6 servings
|2½ cup||Milk (one Imperial pint)|
|½ teaspoon||Vanilla essence|
Save a small amount of the milk; put the rest in a saucepan, together with the sugar and vanilla and heat.
Separate the egg whites and save for later. Beat the egg yolks with the remainder of the milk and add to the heating mixture.
Stir to ensure the sugar is dissolved and bring to near boiling point to thoroughly cook the eggs. Do not actually boil. Take the saucepan off the heat. Dissolve the gelatine in about ¼ cup of boiling water and stir into hot custard. Pour into serving dish and put into refrigerator to cool.
When mixture has cooled and almost set (it should be shivery at this point) thoroughly beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them in using a metal spoon. Return mixture to refrigerator to properly set.
* Exquisite New Zealand custard dessert -- This dessert was a family favourite, and although we used to eat it in conjunction with some flavored jellies, it's delicious in its own right. The recipe comes from my mother, and I don't know what the Spanish part signifies.
* The texture of this dessert is supposed to be semi-fluffy. If you fold in the egg whites too soon, the liquid custard won't support them and you end up with a two-layer result, solid custard on top, very light on the bottom. Some people may like this, but it's not the way I make it. On the other hand, if you leave things too long, it becomes difficult to fold in the egg whites at all.
* It's a good idea to whip the custard a little with a fork prior to folding in the whites. This breaks up the custard a little.
* Depending on sweetness of taste, you may wish to alter the amount of sugar. Our family had a sweet tooth, and I've reduced the original quantity as it is.
* One of the amazing things about this dessert is that it's so easy to make, and yet tastes so good.
: Difficulty: easy.
: Time: 20 minutes + setting.
: Precision: approximate measurement OK.
: Peter C. Maxwell,
: Computer Science Dept., Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia : peterm%cadvax.oz@...
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