Get our Gourmet Fast app and you can download 140 recipes for your iPhone.
Subscribe or renew this month for 12 issues and you could win one of four Samsung smart TVs. Offer ends 28 September.
Download the latest issue of Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.
On a thrilling circuit of white-sand beaches, ancient cities and mountains of tea, Helen Anderson witnesses everyday miracles in Sri Lanka.
Peel St is one of the big success stories of Adelaide’s new laneway scene, Jordan. What’s its secret?
If there’s one restaurant that reflects the elegance of Turin, it’s Del Cambio...
Gourmania walking tour in Hobart
The stark beauty of Iceland, with its volcanoes and glaciers, makes a fitting backdrop for the new vintage from Dom Perignon.
With the release this year of 2006 Cristal (A$365), Louis Roederer’s winemaker and master blender Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon attended Sydney’s Rockpool to take part in the celebrations.
As All Saints Estate celebrates 150 years of winemaking, Jeni Port delves into the history of the winery and the family tragedy that brought three young siblings to its helm.
Your stockpot is still in the cupboard and winter has depleted your supplies. Don’t despair...
Looking for the best restaurants in Sydney? Here are the top ten Sydney restaurants from our 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.
Western Australia’s finest luxury resorts are as diverse and captivating as its geography. Mal Chenu looks at ten of the best.
Take your sandwich game to another level with some of our favourite sandwich recipes.
Looking for the best restaurants in Melbourne? Here's our top ten from our 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.
Pies and footy, blood oranges and zany sweets – hello, spring.
Wondering what’s on the menu in Australia’s best-loved international beach destination? Kendall Hill reports on the coolest places to eat, drink and make merry in Bali.
It’s been an exciting year in food, making for a particularly interesting crop of winners in the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards. Hungry for talent? Read on.
This recipe makes 1 litre of custard.
Variations on basic custard
For chocolate custard: leave out vanilla and add 200gm finely chopped dark chocolate to the mixture just before straining, mixing well to melt and combine.
For honey custard: substitute the sugar with 150gm honey.
For passionfruit custard: add 2/3 cup passionfruit pulp to cooled custard mixture.
For strawberry custard: add 2/3 cup strawberry purée and 1 tsp lemon juice to cooled custard mixture.
To make ice-cream: freeze the cooled custard mixture in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
To make a lush trifle, coarsely crush some strawberries, a little sugar and a liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, together using a fork. Layer in a large bowl, top with some coarsely crumbled sponge cake (soaked in liqueur) and vanilla custard.
Custard. The very word conjures images of nursery-room comfort or of Oliver Twist-esque street urchins carolling the virtues of "cold jelly and custard". The generic term refers to a mixture of cream and eggs thickened by gentle heating, used in dishes ranging from flans, quiches and crème caramel to the Japanese savoury baked custard chawan mushi.
In this case, though, we're talking unctuous pouring custard, quintessentially English (although the French translation, crème Anglaise, sounds much prettier). It's favoured for serving warm alongside steamed puddings and cakes (think Christmas pud and brandy-laced custard) or chilled and layered with jelly, fruit and sponge cake in that other English dessert favourite, the trifle. Its versatility is further evident in its frozen incarnation; churn it using an ice-cream machine and you'll have an ice-cream unrivalled by any commercial preparation.
Flavouring options are virtually unlimited, whether infused with spices, scented with flower essences, spiked with booze, enriched with chocolate or lightened with fresh fruit purées.
There are several keys to a perfect custard which will then carry over to a perfect ice-cream, should you decide to take the extra step. Firstly, when whisking your eggs and sugar, be sure to whisk until very thick and pale. This ensures the sugar is well dissolved and aerates the mixture. Secondly, use a heavy-based saucepan when cooking the custard to reduce the possibility of catching or scorching. When cooking the custard, it's best to do so over a low-medium heat, stirring continuously so you don't end up with a scrambled mess. While stirring, you'll notice the bubbles on the surface of the mixture will disappear as the mixture thickens. This is a good visual clue warning you the mixture is almost ready. If you're planning to serve the custard warm, remove from the heat just bef-ore it reaches the desired consistency, as the residual heat will continue cooking the egg proteins. Strain into a wide jug and serve immediately. If you'd like to serve it cold, prepare a large bowl of ice (with some water added) and set a smaller bowl on top. Strain the mixture into the bowl using a fine strainer. Cover closely with plastic wrap and refrigerate to cool completely before churning for ice-cream.
Should you 'split' or slightly scramble the mixture, there may yet be some recourse. If the mixture is only slightly split, whisk it over ice to allow steam to escape, or cool completely and process in a food processor to try to bring the mixture together. Neither of these methods are guaranteed, but are worth the effort to save your bowl of creamy goodness.