Friday, January 6, 2012
Family Recipe Friday - Blackberry Meringue Custard
The trick for me is to read between the lines of written recipes. The good cooks in my family often didn't use recipes and when they tried to write one down, things were often left out or assumed. Since I have not tried this one, try at your own risk...and let me know how it turns out.
One example I still laugh about is trying to follow my mother's recipe for divinity. I stopped where her recipe stopped. I poured the golden liquid into a coffee can and when it hardened offered it to a friend as a door stop. When I told my mother about it, she said as many times as I'd been in the kitchen with her when she made it, she thought I would know to.... whatever step(s) were left out.
4 Tablespoons corn starch
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups blackberry juice
1 cup drained berries
Combine starch, 1/2 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt and well beaten egg yolks.
Heat juice to boiling. Pour slowly in first mixture. Cook until thick.
Beat egg whites until stiff.
Add remaining salt and sugar.
Sprinkle berries over custard and meringue.