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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Microwave Custard for two

I'm still working on this one.  I think the time/power is the biggest hurdle I haven't worked out correctly yet.  Plus, microwaving custard makes for lumpy custard in most cases.  You can also substitute 2 T maple syrup for the sugar.  Oh - and you won't be able to get these clean in the dishwasher, so be prepared to wash the ramekins by hand (the egg protein, I think).

3/4 c milk (I use 2%)
2 T b sugar
pinch salt
1 egg, well beaten

Heat the milk in microwave for 1 minute on high.  Add sugar and salt, mixing well until dissolved.  Add egg and mix well.  (A custard purist would now strain the mixture to get weird egg lumpiness out.)  Pour into two 6-oz microwave-safe ramekins.  Microwave for (approximately) five minutes at 20% power (I have an 1,100-watt microwave).  Let sit in for a while in the microwave, then cool on the counter a while.  Refrigerate for complete creaminess.

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