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Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie

16 Jan

1 prepared graham cracker crust

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

6 large eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups water

1 TBSP lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

2 TBSP butter

 

Whisk together sugar , cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Add egg yolks, then immediately but gradually whisk in water. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking often, 8 to 10 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, whisk in zest, lemon juice and butter. Keep warm.

Meringue:

1 TBSP cornstarch

1/3 cup water

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup sugar

4 large egg whites

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. bring to a simmer; whisking occasionally until thickened. Remove from heat when translucent and thickened. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream of tartar and sugar together. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add vanilla. Beat in sugar mixture, 1 TBSP at a time. Then add cornstarch mixture, 1 TBSP at a time until stiff peaks form. Pour warm pie filling into crust. Spoon meringue, starting at the edges, and then to the middle. Bake at 325 until browned, about 20 minutes on center rack of oven. Cool completely before serving.

Rich Hot Chocolate

15 Jan

2 tsp cornstarch

3 cups milk, divided

1 cup half-and half

2 (3.5 oz) dark chocolate bars, chopped

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

 

Whisk together cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Cook remaining milk and half and half in a large saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edge of pan; about 4 minutes, do not boil. Whisk in chocolate, honey, vanilla, and salt until blended and smooth. Whisk in cornstarch mixture. Bring to a light boil, whisking frequently; about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly. Serve with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.

 

Serves 4

 

Chocolate Custard Ice Cream

13 Jan

2/3 cup cocoa

2 cups sugar

2 TBSP cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups milk

3 eggs

1 TBSP vanilla

3 cups half and half

2 cups heavy cream

 

Combine cocoa, 1-1/2 cups sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; boil 1 minute; stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Beat eggs with 1/2 cup sugar. Blend in a small amount of hot mixture into eggs; add to mixture in saucepan. Blend in vanilla and both creams. Chill. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer’s directions.

Makes 3 quarts

 

 

Fresh Orange Curd

11 Jan

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 cups fresh orange juice

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup butter; cut into pieces

1 TBSP orange zest

 

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a 3 quart saucepan; gradually whisk in fresh orange juice. Whisk in eggs. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly (5 to 6 minutes)

Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture has a pudding like thickness. Remove from heat, and whisk in butter and orange zest. Place plastic wrap directly on top to prevent a film from forming. Chill 8 hours.

Tangy Lemon Pie

11 Jan

1 large Graham cracker crust

2 cups sugar

6 TBSP cornstarch

1 cup fresh lemon juice

8 large eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 drop yellow food coloring.

 

Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a heavy,non-aluminim saucepan; gradually whisk in lemon juice, eggs, and butter. Cook, whisking constantly, over medium low heat 8 to 12 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat, add food coloring, and let stand 10 minutes. Pour into crust. Cover and chill 4 hours or until set.

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