Thursday, December 8, 2011

Caramel Almond Eggnog Custard

Looking to make a super delish dessert using that leftover eggnog from last night's party? Than look no further, as this custard is so decadent people will swear you picked it up from a gourmet restaurant!

2/3 cup super fine sugar
1 3/4 cups dairy eggnog
3 eggs well beaten
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup thinly sliced roasted almonds

Preheat oven to 325*
In an 8" skillet, cook 1/3 cup sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar begins to melt. Gently shake the skillet as you cook the sugar to evenly distribute the heat (Do not stir at this point).
Reduce heat to low and cook an additional 2 minutes or until the sugar has melted and is golden brown, stirring often with a wooden spoon.
Immediately and carefully pour the caramelized sugar into five 6oz custard cups or fluted molds. Tilt them slightly to coat the bottoms evenly.
Arrange the cups on a 13x9x2 baking pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggnog, eggs, remaining 1/3 cup sugar and spice. Beat with a wire whisk until combined but not foamy.
Divide egg mixture evenly into the custard cups.
Pour boiling water into the baking pan around the cups (being careful not to get any into the cups) to a 1" depth around the cups.
Carefully place baking pan with cups into the preheated oven and bake 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Carefully remove the cups from the oven and baking dish, and set to cool on a wire rack.
Cool slightly and then cover with Saran wrap and chill for 4hours.
Gently loosen edges with a knife. Invert a dessert plate over each cup and then carefully tun custard cup and plate over together.
Slowly remove custard cup leaving custard on the plate with the caramel sauce on top.
Sprinkle each with roared almond slices and serve.

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