Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
From: New York’s 25: Taste Of Greece – Oct 16-Nov 18, 2006. “I had a dessert about 10 years ago at a Greek restaurant on Ninth Ave.,” says pastry chef Kate Zuckerman “I was astonished by how simple it was. A small ramekin of strained yogurt topped with some honey. To this day I am constantly playing with this flavor combination in my desserts.” - Chef Kate Zuckerman of Chanterelle "Serving Suggestions: These custards can be served with a crisp wafer or cookie or some fresh seasonal fruit (raspberries, blueberries, figs, melon, peaches, pineapple or strawberries)." Prep time is a guess, Cook time is chilling time.
- 16 ounces strained whole milk Greek yogurt
- 8 ounces creme fraiche
- 1⁄4 cup greek honey
- 2⁄3 cup whole milk
- 2⁄3 cup cream
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 fresh egg whites
- 1 tablespoon gelatin powder
- Combine the yogurt, crème fraiche, and honey in a stainless steel bowl and whisk until the ingredients come together.
- Set aside at room temperature.
- Bloom the gelatin: In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 2 1/2 tablespoons of water.
- Set it aside.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. (The gelatin will soak up all the water and expand into a gummy paste.).
- Cook the egg white custard: In a small heavy saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar; bring this mixture to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the egg whites and the remaining sugar.
- Remove the hot milk mixture and, with a ladle, add a little bit to the egg whites, whisking constantly.
- Slowly add the egg white mixture into the hot milk/cream, stirring constantly.
- Cook this mixture over medium heat, continuously stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
- The custard is done when it thickens enough to coat the wooden spoon.
- Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the bloomed.
- Slowly whisk the custard for one minute, dissolving anysmall clumps of gelatin.
- Pour the custard through a mesh strainer and chill it over ice until it comes to room temperature.
- Once the custard has cooled off, using a whisk, combine the yogurt-crème fraiche mixture with the custard.
- Whisk gently but briskly until the ingredients are homogeneous and smooth.
- Pour the custard into 12 3- or 5-ounce ramekins and tap them on the counter so that the custard settles and flattens on top.
- Refrigerate custards for at least two hours or up to two days before serving.