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Valentine's Day Dinner Dessert - Strawberries & Creme Pattissiere

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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To wrap things up, I served strawbrries with creme patissiere and crushed meringue kisses that I made just before Valentine's day.This is really simple to make. You can prepare the creme and strawberries the day before, assemble everything on the day and leave them to chill in the fridge until they are ready to be served. It's really delicious, not too heavy, very refreshing with the strawberries.

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Ingredients: serves 2
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries - diced
  • 1/2 tbs caster sugar
  • Meringue - broken into small pieces
For Creme Pattissiere:
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup double cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean - split and scraped
  • 1 tbs plain flour
  • 1/2 tbs corn flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbs caster sugar

  • Toss together strawberries and sugar, leave to macerate for about 1 hr.
For Creme Pattissiere:
  • Heat up milk, double cream and vanilla bean in a small saucepan until almost boiling. Turn off heat and let it steep for about 10 mins.
  • Beat together egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl. Sift in plain flour and corn flour. Mix until combined.
  • Re-heat milk mixture.
  • Add a splash of milk mixture to egg yolks mixture. Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk mixture.
  • Pour this back into the saucepan.
  • Whisk over a medium-low heat until thickened.
  • Leave to cool and refrigerate for later use.
To assemble:
  • Spoon about 2 tbs of creme pattissiere into each ramekin.
  • Add 2 tbs of softened strawberries, then top with the rest of the creme pattissiere, followed by the rest of the strawberries.
  • Serve with some meringue.

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