Perfect For a Picnic: Coconut Custard Cups

Perfect For a Picnic: Coconut Custard Cups

Ever play the picnic game when you were little? You know, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…”  The way we played it, the thing you brought always had to begin with the first letter of your name. So let’s play. I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…coconut custard cups! Oops, I guess I lost the game. But I do have the cutest and most convenient desserts at the picnic. Can I still come?br /br /Memorial Day is fast approaching and it’s a big picnic day for many. I started to think about the things I really would want to bring to a picnic and kept coming back to pie. Pie might be a great conclusion to any meal, but it’s especially perfect for picnics. I always imagine it atop a red and white gingham tablecloth ready to be snatched up by Yogi Bear. Though my coconut custard cups are not the traditional picture of pie, your taste buds won't be able to tell the difference.   br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/div  br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lyu29a8mTuQ/UZfBwv8PWGI/AAAAAAAABPw/ycZWBxjn7U/s1600/--Coconut+Custard+Cups.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lyu29a8mTuQ/UZfBwv8PWGI/AAAAAAAABPw/ycZWBxjn7U/s400/--Coconut+Custard+Cups.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divThis is what a slice of coconut custard pie in a glass looks like. Because you want to know what else says, “Take me to a picnic”? Mason jars. What could be easier than a dessert you can screw the cap onto, pack up, and go with? Everyone gets their own perfect sized portion, and there’s just something fun about eating  from a jar.br /br /The custards are made with coconut milk and toasted shredded coconut along with other typical custard things like heavy cream and egg yolks, and they are baked right inside of the jars in a hot water bath. 4-ounce glass mason jars or ramekins are the perfect size; anything deeper than about 2 inches won’t cook evenly. To give the feeling of a piecrust, I caramelized sugar on top of the custards like crème brûlée and placed a buttery shortbread cookie on each. Use your favorite shortbread recipe, and cut into fun shapes if you choose. Happy picnicking!br /div style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"ustrongCoconut Custard Cups /strong/u/diva href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IgvAt4axPOHTZSv9llQsDmhH7a5MU1KCIrULsDExjeI/edit?usp=sharing" target="_blank"Print /abr /Yield: 6 servings in 4-ounce mason jars or ramekinsbr /- 2 cups heavy cream br /- ¾ can coconut milk br /- 4 eggs yolks br /- ½ cup sugar, plus ½ cup for brûlée topping br /- 1/8 teaspoon salt br /- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract br /- ½ cup sweet shredded coconut, toasted br /1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream and coconut. Bring to a boil. In the meantime, whisk together the egg yolks, ½ cup sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, until well-blended and lightened in color. Add the hot cream to the egg yolk mixture a little at a time, whisking continually. Stir in the toasted coconut. br /2) Add the mixture to small 4-ounce glass mason jars, oven-safe shallow bowls, or ramekins, filling up to 2” high. Place the filled cups into a roasting pan with enough hot water to reach halfway up the side of each. br /3) Bake until the custard is set around the sides, but still jiggles a little in the center, about 45 minutes-1 hour. Refrigerate 2 hours-overnight. When ready to serve, sprinkle the remaining sugar evenly over the tops of each custard, then brûlée or caramelize the tops with a blowtorch. Top with mini shortbread cookies, if desired.

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