One of America’s Favorites – Custard Pie

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Custard pie – A coconut cream pie

A custard pie is any type of uncooked custard mixture added to an uncooked or partially cooked crust and baked together. In North America, custard pie commonly refers to a plain mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and sometimes nutmeg combined with a pie crust. It is distinctly different from a cream pie, which contains cooked custard poured into a cooled, precooked crust. In the United Kingdom, the comical or political act of pieing is conventionally done with a “custard pie”. Some common custard pies include pumpkin pie, lemon and buttermilk chess pie, coconut cream pie, and buko pie. True custard is defined as a liquid thickened with eggs. Due to the often large number of whole eggs in custard pie it is a very rich pie.

The Ancient Romans were the first to understand the binding properties of eggs. During the Middle Ages, the first custard pies, as we know them, began to appear. Initially, custards were used only as fillings for pies, pastries and tarts. Both Europe and Asia had recipes that contained custards. The word custard is derived from ‘crustade’ which is a tart with a crust. After the 16th century, custards began to be used in individual dishes rather than as a filling in crusts.

Today, custards are used as filling in pies and tarts, and as individual dishes. Ideally a custard pie should be light and delicate, but still have good body. Custards can be made in two ways: baked or stirred upon the stove, but most custard pie recipes call for baking. The eggs in custard mixtures, when cooked, turn from liquid to solid. If cooked over excessive heat, the eggs will curdle, which is extremely undesirable. Curdling can be prevented by using lower temperatures and stirring. As such, making true custard pie is a very delicate process.

A slice of pear custard pie

Savory pies with meat fillings were far more common than sweet pies in the Cuisine of the Thirteen Colonies. Sweet pies, when they were available, were made with a simple custard base of fresh milk, sugar and eggs. Some of these traditional pies like buttermilk pie, almond custard, Irish potato pie and bean pie (associated with the Nation of Islam) are uncommon in modern times.

 

 

VANILLA CREAM PUFFS

October 29, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have another Diabetic Friendly Dessert Recipe to pass along, VANILLA CREAM PUFFS. The Puffs are made using Water, Salt, Splenda No Calorie Sweetener – Granulated, Butter, Flour, and Eggs. Also included is the recipe for the Custard which you’ll be using Splenda No Calorie Sweetener – Granulated, Cornstarch, 1% Low Fat Milk, Egg Yolks, Vanilla Extract, and Chocolate Sauce. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

VANILLA CREAM PUFFS
Ingredients

Cream Puffs Ingredients

1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/4 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs

Custard Filling Ingredients

2 tablespoons Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup commercial chocolate sauce

Directions

1 – Cream Puff Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2 – Combine water, salt, Splenda Granulated Sweetener and butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until butter melts. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a smooth ball. The mixture resembles mashed potatoes. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.
3 – Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed with an electric mixer. Scrap down the sides of bowl occasionally and beat until batter is smooth.
4 – Spoon mixture heaping tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between puffs.
5 – Bake immediately for 35 minutes or until puffs are golden brown and have a crisp shell. (Do not open the oven door during the first 15 minutes of baking time.) Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
6 – Custard Filling Directions: Combine Splenda Granulated Sweetener and cornstarch in a heavy saucepan; gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 1 additional minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir about 1/4 the hot mixture into egg yolks; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and strain mixture through a sieve; cover the surface of the custard with wax paper or plastic wrap to prevent a film from forming on the surface.
7 – Cut tops off and fill with 2 1/2 tablespoons custard; replace tops and drizzle with 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.
8 – Storage: Store baked unfilled cream puff shells in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within 24 hours or freeze up to 2 months.
NOTES:
Fluffy pastry shells filled with a thick vanilla custard and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 12 ServingsServing Size: 1 cream puff

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 200
Fat: 9 grams
Saturated Fat: 4.5 grams
Fiber: 1 grams
Sodium: 180 milligrams
Cholesterol: 120 milligrams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 24 grams
Sugars: 12 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/vanilla-cream-puffs

One of America’s Favorites – Banana Pudding

July 27, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Banana pudding served in a bowl with vanilla wafers

Banana pudding is a dessert generally consisting of layers of sweet vanilla flavored custard, cookies (usually Vanilla Wafers or ladyfingers) and sliced fresh bananas placed in a dish and served, topped with whipped cream or meringue.

It is commonly associated with Southern American cuisine, however, it can be found around the country. Furthermore, it closely resembles an English Trifle in that it is assembled in layers and includes custard, fruit, sponge cake, and whipped cream.

Banana pudding can be prepared using a baked or refrigerated method, with the latter being the more popular, particularly among home cooks. Moreover, many recipes have been adapted using vanilla or banana pudding instead of a true custard. Other recipes omit the wafers. An early Banana pudding recipe was published in “The Kentucky Receipt Book,” by Mary Harris Frazer, in 1903. However, even this recipe does not include wafers.

Banana pudding

A typical method for making Banana pudding is to repeatedly layer the bananas, custard, and wafers into a dish and top with whipped cream or meringue. Over time, the wafers will absorb the custard and the layers will press together causing the flavors to intermingle.

The National Banana Pudding Festival is held at the Centerville River Park in Centerville, Tennessee. It is a 2-day event held on the first weekend of October.

 

Diabetic Dessert of the Week -Cinnamon-Nutmeg Custard

December 26, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Cinnamon-Nutmeg Custard. This one is made using Egg Substitute, Skim Milk, Sugar, Vanilla, Salt, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg, and Boiling Water. The Custard is only 100 calories and 12 net carbs per serving! Celebrate the Holidays Healthy with this week’s recipe of a Cinnamon-Nutmeg Custard. You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more all at the Diabetes Self Management website. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine, one of my favorites. Each issue is filled with great and helpful Diabetes Management Tips and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe to the Magazine at the end of the post. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Cinnamon-Nutmeg Custard
Full of the seasonal flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, this custard is almost like eggnog you can eat with a spoon. And with only 100 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrate per serving, it’s the perfect holiday indulgence!

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 65–75 minutes.
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Ingredients
1 cup liquid egg substitute
2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups boiling water

Directions
1 – Heat oven to 325°F. Combine egg substitute, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt, blending until smooth. Arrange six 6-ounce custard cups in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Pour custard mixture evenly into cups. Combine cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over individual custards. Place baking pan on the oven rack. Pour boiling water into pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake custard until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 65 to 75 minutes. Allow custard to cool. Serve warm or chilled.

Yield: 6 servings.

Serving size: 1 custard cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 100 calories, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Protein: 8 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 213 mg, Fiber: <1 g, Calcium: 125 mg
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/cinnamon-nutmeg-custard/


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One of America’s Favorites – Tarts

September 26, 2016 at 4:59 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Blueberry tart

Blueberry tart

A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually short crust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart; an example would be egg tarts. The categories of ‘tart’, ‘flan’, ‘quiche’, and ‘pie’ overlap, with no sharp distinctions.

 

 

 
The French word tarte can be translated to mean either pie or tart, as both are mainly the same with the exception of a pie usually covering the filling in pastry, while flans and tarts leave it open.

Tarts are thought to have either come from a tradition of layering food, or to be a product of Medieval pie making. Enriched dough (i.e. short crust) is thought to have been first commonly used in 1550, approximately 200 years after pies. In this period, they were viewed as high-cuisine, popular with nobility, in contrast to the view of a commoners pie. While originally savory, with meat fillings, culinary tastes led to sweet tarts to prevail, filling tarts instead with fruit and custard.Early medieval tarts generally had meat fillings, but later ones were often based on fruit and custard.

An early tart was the Italian crostata, dating to at least the mid-15th century. It has been described as a “rustic free-form version of an open fruit tart”.

 
Tarts are typically free-standing with firm pastry base consisting of dough, itself made of flour, thick filling, and perpendicular sides while pies may have softer pastry, looser filling, and sloped sides, necessitating service from the pie plate.

 

 

Apple Tart

Apple Tart

There are many types of tarts, with popular varieties including Treacle tart, meringue tart, tarte tatin and Bakewell tart. Another popular tart flavor is jam tarts, which may be different colors depending on the flavor of the jam used to fill them.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart, of apples, other fruit, or onions.

Savoury tarts include quiche, a family of savory tarts with a mostly custard filling; German Zwiebelkuchen ‘onion tart’, and Swiss cheese tart made from Gruyere.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 18, 2013 at 8:08 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making perfect custard takes time and patience, but these tips should help. For a super – rich custard, add 2 – 3 egg yolks in addition to your usual amount of eggs. For a custard that is creamy rather than solid, stir the mixture continuously over low heat to keep the protein from setting too quickly. The milk helps separate the egg proteins from one another, which allows the custard to coagulate at a higher temperature and reduces the possibility of curdling. Never replace the milk with water, because your custard will not set. You should also never try to speed up the cooking process by increasing the heat.

Passion Fruit Soufflé

November 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, fruits, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Passion Fruit Soufflé

Simple souffle made with prepared custard, sweet passion fruit and egg whites.

Ingredients
1 cup Custard, egg, prepared from dry mix with 2% milk
1 cup passion fruit (3 fruits)
2 egg whites
1 tsp whipped butter , for greasing

Directions
1 Preheating oven to 400 degrees F. Grease four 1-cup ramekin dishes with the butter, and set aside.
2 Pour the custard into a large mixing bowl and cut each passion fruit in half.
3 Using a teaspoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and juice from the halved passion fruit so that they drop straight onto the custard.
4 Beat the mixture well with a metal spoon and set aside.
5 In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold a quarter of them into the custard.
6 Fold in the remaining egg whites and spoon the mixture into the ramekin dishes.
7 Place the dishes on a baking sheet and bake for roughly 8 to 10 minutes, or until the soufflés are well risen.
8 Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories     144.9
Total Carbs     25.5 g
Dietary Fiber     6.1 g
Sugars     6.7 g
Total Fat     2.9 g
Saturated Fat     1.4 g
Unsaturated Fat     1.6 g
Potassium     191.5 mg
Protein     5.8 g
Sodium     108.8 mg

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