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Vanilla Custard

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2 cups half-and-half
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
Yolks of 6 large eggs


In a saucepan, heat the half-and-half over medium heat. Add the vanilla.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time, until well blended. The mixture should lighten slightly in color.

Slowly, in a thin stream, pour a third of the hot half-and-half into the yolk mixture. Whisk well as you pour, to incorporate the yolks and avoid cooking them. Pour the warm yolk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining half-and-half. Whisk immediately and well. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture reaches a thick, creamy consistency, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to use. Custard can be refrigerated for up to three days. Yield: 2-3/4 cups

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