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Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Custard Trifle by Island Menu
Vanilla bean custard
2 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean
100ml full fat milk, I used the Elgar milk with cream on top
200ml thick cream
1 teaspoon cornflour
50 grams of sugar
Add the milk and cream to a saucepan and add a split vanilla bean with the seeds scraped out and added. Over medium heat let it almost come to the boil.
In another bowl whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflower, add a little bit of the warm milk/cream and whisk in, then add a little more. Then put the egg mix in with the rest of the milk/cream in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the custard coats the back of a spoon and leave a clear space when you run your finger through it. Strain the custard into a bowl/jar for use allowing it to cool a little.
Into a saucepan add a cup of so of quartered strawberries and sprinkle with a little caster sugar (as much as you like, the strawberries I had were already sweet enough) and add a splash of orange juice (you could use an orange liqueur here – I would’ve done if I’d had some).
Cook on a medium to low heat until the strawberries are soft and the liquid has thickened a little.
I always tend to make use Stephanie Alexander’s recipe, which Maggie Beer shares here when I make sponge cake. But in all honesty, sometimes you can cheat and use a supermarket/bakery sponge.
Either way slice the cake when it’s cool and then cut into small-ish bite size pieces.
To make the trifle add alternative layers of sponge, strawberry compote, custard, fresh chopped strawberries and finish with a layer of whipped cream. Allow the trifle to sit in the fridge for half an hour or so before eating so it sets.