Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Calendula Custard

1 pint of milk
1 cup of calendula petals
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of sugar
small piece of vanilla bean
3 egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
1/2 teaspoon of rose water

Pound the calendula petals in a mortar, or crush them with a spoon, and scald them with the milk and vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean, and add slightly beaten yolks of eggs, salt, and sugar mixed with the spice. Cook until the mixture coats the spoon. Add rose water and cool. This makes a good sauce for blanc mange. It may be poured into a dish without cooking, and then baked like a custard. Serve with beaten cream, and garnish with calendula blossoms.

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