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Why does the custard in my lemon/lime bars always come out looking terrible and with bad texture?

Here's a pic of the ones I made yesterday: http://imgur.com/XTXBlk0 And here is a pic of the consistency that I'm trying to achieve: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/3314383525_1912d1d089.jpg I'...
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Why is the nutrition information for these two items so different?

(In the UK) I have a packet of custard, which has the following ingredients: Maize starch, salt, Flavouring and Colour. The salt content on the nutrition information is 0.17% so I assume that the ...
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Custard - How much milk can one egg set?

If I had one whole egg (my understanding being that the white has more 'setting power' than the yolk), how much milk would I be able to set? If I tried to set 2 cups of milk with 1 egg, can I expect ...
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Quiche does not set up - too much, or too little, cream?

My quiche did not set up well; the final custard remained a touch watery/soft. Would that mean my ratio of cream : egg was too much or too little cream? What's the logic of quiche custard? Should I ...
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How to make a gel that doesn't harden at below freezing temperatures

So I have an idea for a lemon bar ice cream and I want to swirl in the custard and add chunks of short bread in. I could just make the custard for a lemon bar as is but I suspect that after freezing ...
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Why is my custard eggy?

I have followed the instructions in this video from Delia Smith precisely, twice: https://www.deliaonline.com/cookery-school/second-term-perfect-eggs/lesson-6-separate-ways-eggs-part-2 What I get ...
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How fine is “Fine Mesh” for removing lumps from custards?

Many recipes for custards and similar deserts like lemon curd suggest passing the completed custard through a "fine mesh strainer" to remove lumps. When looking up strainers and sifters I see a wide ...
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Expiry date of custard powder?

I bought a pack of 'Custard Power' around 4 year ago. I placed the pack in my store room and completely forgot about it until now. The packet was 100% unopened until yesterday, when I found it. I ...
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How does the caramel in creme caramel stay liquid?

Recently, I made a creme caramel, and it came out fine. The recipe used made the caramel sauce by cooking water (30ml) and sugar (55g), then adding water (30ml) again when the caramel looks good. I ...
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Creme brulée heating milk

In creme brulée, does milk/cream really have to be brought up to simmering point before being adde to the egg/sugar mixture and being put in oven in bain marie? Seems a waste of time to wait for it to ...
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What can I use for a Crème brûlée if I don't have a blow torch?

I've always wanted to make a Crème brûlée but I don't have a blow torch to burn the top with. Is there anything else I can use to get that nice crunchy caramel on top?
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creme patissiere too solid

I made a try of creme patissiere with 250 ml UHT milk at 1.5% fat (yes, hence I called it a try), two egg yolks, 22g corn starch, 70g sugar and vanilla. Direction as classic. Beat yolks with vanilla ...
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Custard surface has tiny pockmarks when I use fruit pulp

I have a custard recipe that I use for creme caramel (milk, eggs, sugar, salt). I have made thousands of creme caramels using this recipe. I use vanilla a lot but also use chocolate, coffee etc. When ...
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What would make a custard turn out looking like scrambled eggs?

I made a batch of custard cups at home and they came out beautiful. When I followed the recipe at work, using the same method and a still oven like at home, the results were a disaster. The custard ...
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Can any custard be made into a frozen custard?

I recently came upon a book of antique recipes, and there are several wonderful custards. I really have my eye on an almond custard, but not to serve as a custard, but to freeze in an ice cream maker ...
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Why does custard go runny if left exposed in the fridge, what is the chemical reaction?

If I leave opened custard in a carton with just the spout open the custard remains thick the next day, but spread out on a plate its like water the following day. Is it water inside the environment? ...
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Is custard powder(powder mix) is same as pudding mix powder?

I observe Custard powder and pudding mix is same just combine it with milk, cook to thicken, and you have custard or pudding.Can they use as a replacement of one another?
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Can I freeze custard?

I have some spare egg yolks that I want to use and not throw away and I've decided to make some vanilla custard. But I have no use for the custard right now and might decide to make Portuguese tarts ...
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How do you make a smooth and creamy apple custard?

I've been trying to figure out how to make a creamy custard ( like for a creme brulee) infused with apple (or any kind of fruit/berry) while keeping a creamy texture and avoiding chunks. Ive thought ...
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Can I use store-bought custard for Portuguese Tarts?

I always make my own custard when I bake Portuguese Tarts but want to take a shortcut. Can I use store-bought custard to make Portuguese Tarts? What kind of custard do I need to buy? Should it be at ...
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Plain vs flavored Crema Catalana

I have in front of me two recipes for Crema Catalana, one plain and one coffee and cardamom flavored. The amount of milk in the former is equal to the amount of milk plus coffee of the latter. The ...
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How to make a custard (royale) that sets up firm on the stovetop?

I was trying to make royales for consomme for the first time, since I figured I already have spare yolks already. Following a recipe for custard in general that said one can use as much as 4 yolks per ...
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I baked custard at too much heat, is there a name for what I created?

Recently a friend from the Americas gave me a simple recipe for custard, I never had custard (or at least not knowingly) and thus wanted to try it out. The recipe in it's original form would be: 3-...
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How do I fix and prevent a baked custard from weeping?

I made a rhubarb custard pie that turned out nicely; the custard was flavored with orange zest and 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 teaspoon of orange flower water. I wanted a baked custard made ...
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I made a flan, added lime zest and grated ginger, and it was a flop. What is happening?

I tried cooking it an extra few minutes, but the flan was runny and looked a bit like scrambled eggs. I have tried this before, and it worked. this time, I added more lime zest and ginger root for a ...
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What went wrong with these pots de creme au chocolat?

I baked pots de creme au chocolat yesterday following this recipe, but something went wrong: As you can see in the photos below, the chocolate seems to have separated out, forming a relatively firm ...
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What can I substitute for butter in a custard-based pie?

This weekend I made a great buttermilk pie. Creamed butter/sugar add eggs / flour flavoring buttermilk and bake. I want to reduce the calories. Is there a substitute that I can use with this ...
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What could be used as a savoury custard to serve with a savoury jam roly-poly?

I'm not mad, you know. I have this plan to serve a meal backwards - coffee and brandy, then dessert, then a main, then starters, then champagne. Except that of course each stage will be tailored to ...
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Egg and gluten free custard ideas?

How can I make custard for a friend (as part of a desert) who is egg and gluten intolerant? Should I just not bother?
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Why is there a 2 step heating process for making custard for ice cream

I make ice cream frequently, with pretty good results, and I follow the same basic process for making the custard. This is the method I've seen repeated in many different recipes which involves: ...
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Custard curdling/splitting

I always try to make custard from scratch and have now used 9 recipes and it always ends up splitting or curdling and I can't get it right. How can you overcome this simple issue with custard? I'...
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How to make the Custard Bun so white?

I'm trying to make Custard Bun following the instructions from : How to make Custard Bun- Milk Yolk Buns Everything goes well except the color of the dough and the bun. I can't make it so white as ...
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How to scale up pudding recipe 10x?

I am trying to make a 10X recipe of a cooked pudding. It uses flour and corn starch as a thickener. I scaled up the ingredients proportionally, but it is not as thick. Any recommendations on how ...
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Ratio of liquid/glucomannan/xanthan gum for flan or Walden Farms dip

I'm hoping someone can offer suggestions for what a good ratio of glucomannan and xanthan gum per volume liquid to thicken a flavored liquid(water consistency w/o thickeners) into a result that has a ...
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Can I add vanilla to pastry cream after its cooled?

I forgot to add the vanilla at the end of making my vanilla pastry cream for eclair cake. Can I add it now after its been in the frig overnight? I'm going to fold in whipped cream also.
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How can I remove bitterness from custard after adding pineapple to it?

I recently made custard with a huge amount of milk, custard powder and sugar. After boiling it for few minutes I added vanilla essence to it. After it was settled I added apple and pineapple. Then I ...
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How do I make the filling in pain aux raisins / danish pastry

I'm making pain aux raisin, but would like some help making the jelly like filling that goes in between. The recipe here describes the filling as frangipane, yet when I make it, it is not as jelly ...
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How do I thicken Advocaat without evaporating any alcohol?

To resurrect an 1-2 year old English Christmas dark fruitcake, I removed the icing and marzipan, infused it liberally with whiskey liqueur - then cut it into cubes. I then served it with cocktail ...
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When making filled cupcakes, is it possible to bake a custard filling in it?

I'm about to make filled cupcakes for the first time. It'll be this cupcake from Ming Makes Cupcakes. The filling is basically lemon curd, i.e. a custard. Most tutorials on making filled cupcakes ...
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How can you achieve the glazed top in a mille-feuille?

A mille-feuille (or tompouce) is a pastry, consisting of layers of puff pastry with pastry cream in-between (see this if you don't know it). If you buy it in a pastry store, I find that the glazed ...
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Custard Pudding tasting like raw eggs

So this is my first time trying to make a custard pudding(I've watched a video). And of course it came out looking horrible but I left it on the stove for 30mins. I used 2 eggs and 250ml of milk and ...
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Placing a ceramic bowl over stainless steel saucepan

I have a few ceramic bowls that are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe (I normally hand-wash them, though). I was looking at recipes for lemon curd and some of them recommended putting them in a ...
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Adjusting cooking time and temperature when making smaller portions

I'm perfecting a recipe for queijadas de leite - a traditional Portuguese custard/pastry. It's a mixture of eggs/sugar/milk/flour, very liquid in its raw form. The original instructions call for 30 ...
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Why is my quiche weeping?

A quiche that I've made for years with no problems is now seeping a ridiculous amount of liquid. The ingredients include bacon, shredded swiss, onion (small amount, finely diced), eggs, half and half, ...
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How to customize the softness of custards like flan?

How do you dial in the right amount of thickness vs soft melt in your mouth style? These are what I believe affect it: Ratio of eggs to milk egg yolk to egg white ratio condensed, evaporated, ...
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How can I rescue an undercooked pastry cream?

Yesterday I attempted to make pastry cream (my goal was to use it as a filling for creme puffs). After taking it off of the heat and letting it cool to room temperature I put in the refrigerator. That ...
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What is the difference between custard pie and custard tart?

What's the difference between a custard pie and a custard tart? I looked at "Pie" vs "Tart"?, but it doesn't really answer my question as a custard pie does not really have a lid. ...
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How to approach making fruit custards?

I've recently enjoyed finally being able to reliably make lemon curd. Now I'm wondering: is there a way to use different fruit as the flavour? Is there anything special about lemon that makes it ...
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Self-Saucing Pudding—Storing?

I've made this recipe once before and it turned out really well. I'd like to make it ahead of time for an event that I'm going to but I'm really not sure how it should be stored overnight. The top ...
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How to Make the perfect French Custard?

I've tried numerous recipes, watched different videos, and adopted different techniques, but to this day I can't make good plain custard. Some of the issues with previous custards: Egg taste ( I ...