Strawberries in Rose Crème Anglaise
Fresh fruit is an excellent option for dessert. Here, ripe, sweet organic strawberries are served in a pool of crème anglaise, an easy-to-make pouring custard, with a splash of rose water. Since strawberries are botanically related to roses, it’s a nice pairing, and a few rose petals add drama. Make the crème anglaise a day or two in advance.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1 ½cups/400 milliliters half-and-half or whole milk
- ¼cup/45 grams granulated sugar
- 1teaspoon cornstarch
- 4egg yolks
- ½teaspoon rose flower water, plus more to taste
- 1pound strawberries, hulled and halved, or left whole if small
- Confectioners’ sugar, to taste
- Rose petals, for garnish (optional)
Step 1Put half-and-half in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to just under a simmer, then turn off heat.
Step 2In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and egg yolks. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle hot half-and-half into the sugar mixture, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Cook, whisking, over a very low heat until the mixture coats the back of the spoon, 5 to 10 minutes. (Alternatively, you can do this in a double boiler.) Remove from heat and strain sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Cool over an ice bath, then stir in rose flower water. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. (Crème anglaise can be made up to 2 days in advance.)
Step 3To serve, place strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, tasting as you go until the berries are your preferred sweetness. If you like, add 2 or 3 drops of the rose flower water to the berries.
Step 4Pour ½ cup sauce into shallow dessert bowls. Spoon berries over. Garnish with rose petals, if using.