Berry brûlée

Description: Description: Berry brûlée

Berry brûlée


Filled with immune-boosting vitamin C, berries are delicious with the custard.

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus chilling

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves 4

Prepare ahead

150g (5oz) white chocolate, chopped

200ml (7fl oz) single cream

200ml (7fl oz) whole milk

1tsp vanilla paste

2 free-range eggs, plus 2 free-range

Egg yolks

1tsbp cornflour, mixed with 2tbsp milk

300g (10oz) mixed berries (such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)

3tbsp caster sugar

You will need

1.5 liter (23/4pt) shallow ovenproof dish

1.    Heat the oven to 170 C, 150 C fan, 325 F, gas 3. Melt the chocolate with 75ml (3fl oz) cream in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Scald the remaining cream, milk and vanilla in a pan. Beat together the eggs, yolks and cornflour. Pour on a little of the hot cream and whisk well, then pour the whole lot back into the pan. Place on a low heat and whisk until the mixture thickens. Do not allow to boil. Remove from the heat immediately and continue whisking until slightly cooled.

2.    Scatter the berries into the dish, pour the custard through a sieve over the berries. Tap the dish lightly on the worktop to remove any air pockets, and place in a roasting tin. Pour very hot water into the tin to come up the side of the dish to the same depth as the custard. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until Just set; the center should still have a slight wobble. Remove from the roasting tin, leave to cool for 1 hour, then chill for 6 hours or overnight.

3.    Sprinkle the surface evenly with the sugar, then put under a hot grill to caramelize. Return to the fridge for 15 minutes to allow the caramel to harden.

Per serving: 486 calories, 29g fat (16g saturated), 46g carbohydrate

Chocolate frosting

Description: Description: Chocolate frosting

Melt 100g (4oz) good-quality dark chocolate over a pan of simmering water; cool for 10 minutes. Beat 300g (10oz) full-fat Philadelphia cheese with 4 heaped tbsp sifted icing sugar, then beat in the chocolate until glossy.

Vanilla frosting

Description: Description: Vanilla frosting

Beat 400g (14oz) cream cheese with 200g (7oz) sifted icing sugar. Add 2tsp vanilla extract.

Salted caramel frosting

Description: Description: Salted caramel frosting

Beat 200g (7oz) unsalted butter until pale and fluffy, then stir through 150g (5oz) Carnation Caramel with 1tsp sea salt. Don't overstir, and if the mixture begins to look greasy, add a drop or 2 of cold water.
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