A little patience in preparing the custard will reward you with this elegant finale. Recipe taked from www.foodland.gov.on.ca
- In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine apples, Crispin, Spartan or Empire Apples can be used, sugar, cinnamon lemon rind and nutmeg.
- Cook over medium heat, until apples softened, stirring occasionally about 10 minutes. Spread this mixture into six, 6 ounce heatproof ramekins, and chill.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with sugar.
- In the saucepan that you used for the apples, heat cream, until just before boiling, scraping down the apple bits and spices on the pan into the cream mixture.
- Whisking constantly, pour in the egg mixture, and continue stirring until thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Do not let it boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Strain evenly onto the chilled apple mixture in each ramekin, and let cool.
- Let cool overnight.
- At least 1 hour before serving, and up to 1 day ahead, sprinkle custards with brown sugar.
- Broil for 1 to 2 minutes until sugar melts and colours.
- Chill until ready to serve.