Monday, May 25, 2009

Baked pear custards

Baked pear custards / Pudinzinhos de pêra

Let me tell you a secret: I’m a lazy person. Depending on the subject, not one beats me in the lazy department.

Joao and I had plans to go to the movies last Saturday. I’d already chosen the movie, the session... But the thought of going to a crowded mall – they are really full here in Sao Paulo on weekends – made me drop the idea. I looked at the hubby and he read my mind: “Ok, Ok, let’s stay in”. :D

But I’m no lazy when it comes to cooking and baking: I made lunch for us, baked a batch of cookies and finished up with these custards – they turned out to be my favorite recipe of the day.

Baked pear custards / Pudinzinhos de pêra

Baked pear custards
from Donna Hay magazine

2 cups (480ml) pouring cream
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup (67g) caster sugar – I used vanilla infused sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 corella pear, thinly sliced – I used Williams
freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF.
Place the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to the boil. Place the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and whisk until combined. Gradually add the hot cream, whisking constantly to combine and to avoid cooking the eggs.
Pour into four 1 ½ cup (360ml) capacity ovenproof bowls/dishes and top with the pear slices. Place on a baking tray and cook for 20-25 minutes or until just set – this is a very silky dessert.
Sprinkle with nutmeg to serve – the magazine doesn’t mention if you these custards are supposed to be served hot or cold; I tried them warm and cold (after a night in the fridge) and think both ways work great.

Serves 4

Baked pear custards / Pudinzinhos de pêra


Snooky doodle said...

Custard an pears! Sounds heavenly :)

Anonymous said...

These look divine! Thanks!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Awww, your presentation couldn't get any cuter!! :D

Ash said...

Lovely!!! love the little wooden spoons!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Looks delicious, and your presentation is so elegant. Lovely photos.

gine said...

lovely :D!!

Elyse said...

Man oh man, these custards look absolutely fabulous! I think staying home from the crowded mall to eat these little treats sounds like a fabulous idea :)

Manggy said...

Hey, at least you're diligent where it counts, if you ask me! Hee hee. I love the presentation-- they look so delicately delicious :)

Jo said...

Oh wow, custard and pears, simply heavenly. How I was I could have a taste of this right now. By the way, the pictures are great.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Oh Patricia, they look out of this world!!! Staying in is a much better option :P And I'm thinking of all kinds of fruits I can use with that custard! Thank you for sharing this recipe and your gorgeous, gorgeous photos :D

anna said...

I'm lazy, too, but it's no secret. Heck I just got up from a 5 hour nap and am ready to go to bed again. Pear custard sounds lovely - I bet it's really refreshing cold!

Vanille said...

Patricia this custard looks lovely, really !

Lighting said...

I cant wait to try this. It is definetly out of the norm.

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm I've never had pear custard before but I bet it was delicious! Gorgeous presentation.

chocolatecup said...

oooooh! this is love!! oh i am lazy ALL ROUND. hehe.

Kitchen 37B said...

I'd much rather stay in....really. Your photos are gorgeous as always :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Natalie, thank you!

Arugulove, thank you for stopping by!

How to Eat..., I'm glad you like it, darling, tks!

Ash, the little spoons are such favorites of mine - tks!

Lydia, my dear, thank you!

Gine, tks! :)

Elyse, I'm glad you understand my opinion. :)
Thank you!

Jo, thank you for visiting again! The custard has such a nice texture.

The Little Teochew, I love staying in! :)
Thank YOU for your kind words - and I'm thinking apples next time. :)

Anna, it's rainy and cold here now, I wish I could be taking a nap in my couch, under the covers. :)
Thank you!

Vanille, thank you, sweetie!

Lighting, tks for stopping by! I hope you like it.

Ashley, it was a first to me, too!

Chocolatecup, thank you!!
You're funny. :)

Pia, darling, thank you for your sweet words!

Kelly said...

I LOVE baked custards. This sounds delightfully fruity! Love it!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Gorgeous! I love your ramekins and little spoons...delicious!

Sarah said...

Pear custard sounds lovely. And your serving dishes are darling!

The Food Librarian said...

These look so wonderful. If this was on a dessert cart in a restaurant, I'd attack the waitstaff to get one! :)

Peabody said...

I love the pear on top, good choice.

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