Vanilla is one of those ingredients that is considered an aphrodisiac. Maybe that is why it is used in so many different products. Can you imagine a cake or cookie without vanilla? How about sodas, flavored coffees, or ice cream? Vanilla is also used in perfumes and to help remedy impotence in men. Vanilla also has many health benefits such as increasing circulation, increases muscle energy and can even stimulate weight loss. Vanilla dates back to South America in the 1500's. The Myans, who also introduced the world to the first chocolate, used vanilla to make the first chocolate drinks. This warm chocolate drink was the Mayan's version of alcohol. It created amorous effects on those who drank it. Without the vanilla, chocolate loses some of it's famous reputation. So, what dessert would be better at a New Year's Eve party than vanilla custard to encourage the man or woman in your life to lay on that deep passionate kiss at the stroke of midnight?
Vanilla Custard with Blackberries
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 8 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 whole vanilla bean split
- In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, bring milk to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, scrape the vanilla seeds from the vanilla bean with the back of a small paring knife and add to milk with the bean.
- Simmer on low for 15 minutes, then remove vanilla bean from milk and discard or save for another use.
- In a separate bowl combine egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until smooth.
- Slowly whisk one cup of milk into egg yolk mixture then slowly whisk egg mixture into pan with remaining milk. Whisk until well blended.
- Simmer mixture on medium low for 6-9 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
- Transfer to a container. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto custard, then refrigerate until well chilled.
- Spoon cooled custard into small glasses or bowls and top with fresh fruit