Baked orange & Verjuice custard

The orange and Verjuice combination of this dish creates a lovely sweetness with a slight zesty tang. I recommend you save this dessert for that special dinner party when you really want to impress.


Serves:                                                  4

Preparation Time:                              5 minutes

Cook Time:                                           Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 150ml/5fl.oz Verjuice
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 350ml/12fl.oz heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  1. Combine cream, sugar, orange zest and vanilla essence in a saucepan.
  2. On a medium heat, warm cream mixture until it reaches a light simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Once sugar is dissolved remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add Verjuice to a separate saucepan and on a light simmer reduce by two thirds.
  5. Lightly whisk together eggs and egg yolks.
  6. Slowly poor Verjuice in a constant stream into egg mixture, constantly whisking.
  7. Slowly poor warm cream mixture in a constant stream into egg mixture, constantly whisking.
  8. Pour mixture through a muslin cloth or sieve to strain out orange zest, excess air and foam.
  9. Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas mark 2.
  10. Pour mixture into ramekins.
  11. Place ramekins in a baking dish, filling halfway up with water.
  12. Cover baking dish with foil.
  13. Bake for 90 minutes or until firm to touch.

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