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Heavenly Custard Bites with Blueberry Sauce

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • Peel of 1/2 of lime, thoroughly washed
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs beaten with 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 cup homemade bread crumbs from French bread, for coating
  • 2/3 cup shortbread cookies, crushed, for coating
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs, for coating
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Blueberry Sauce (Recipe below)

Line 8-inch square pan with waxed paper, leaving 1-inch wax paper above edges; set aside. In large saucepan, bring milk, rum and lime peel to a boil. Turn off heat and let flavors infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat yolks, sugar and vanilla with whisk or electric mixer until thick and lemon colored. When whisk is lifted, mixture should fall back into bowl like a ribbon folded on itself. Gradually beat in cornstarch until smooth. Remove peel from milk mixture. Add a third of hot milk to yolk mixture, whisking continually. Pour mixture back into remaining milk in saucepan, whisking to keep from lumping. Bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Sauce will thicken as it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure to get into the corners of the pan as you stir

Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and puncture in several places to let steam escape. Let cool, then refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or overnight, until firm. Remove plastic wrap. Lift custard onto cutting board. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares, removing wax paper, if necessary.

Preheat oil in Presto® electric deep fryer. Beat eggs and water in shallow bowl. Place bread, cookie and cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl. Line another baking sheet with waxed paper. Place custard square first in egg mixture to cover evenly, then into crumbs. Pat to adhere crumbs. Transfer to baking sheet lined with waxed paper.

Fry squares in hot oil in small batches. Do not crowd fryer. Fry until golden, about 35 seconds. Transfer to paper towel lined baking tray. Serve immediately with chilled blueberry sauce.

Variation: White Chocolate Bites

Increase lime to peel of 1 lime. In microwave-safe bowl, melt 6 ounces finely chopped white chocolate on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Heat an additional 10 seconds at a time, if not melted. Add white chocolate to finished pastry mixture while still hot. Stir until smooth and transfer to prepared pan.

Blueberry Sauce

  • 2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 or 3 drops lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

Puree berries and strain. In very clean medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, lime juice and cinnamon. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and cook until mixture turns a golden caramel color. (Do not stir after you increase the heat.) Remove saucepan from heat and stir in a few spoonfuls of the puree. Be careful, the caramel will bubble vigorously. Let bubbling subside, then add a few more spoonfuls. Carefully add remaining puree. Refrigerate. Sauce can be made a day ahead.

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