These delicious, velvety smooth custards are made with Lavender-infused liquid honey – ideal for a special occasion!

Ingredients

  • Lavender infused honey

3-4 tablesp. mild flavoured liquid honey. Clover is ideal, see this link for instructions.

  • 300ml full cream milk
  • 200ml thick cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half, or 2 teasp. vanilla essence
  • 4 medium sized eggs: 2 whole, and 2 yolks only beaten together
  • Crème fraiche to serve

Method

  • Spoon 3 teaspoons of warmed honey into each of 4 (150ml) ramekins, turning them so the bottoms and sides are coated with honey. Place the ramekins immediately into the freezer for 30-40 minutes.
  • Pre heat oven to 175º C
  • Pour the milk into a saucepan. Add the cream and vanilla pod and bring almost to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat and add the remainder of the honey. Leave to stand for a few minutes and add vanilla essence if not using a pod.
  • When the milk is lukewarm remove the vanilla pod.
  • Stir the beaten eggs into the milk, mixing well.
  • Remove the ramekins from the freezer and divide the custard mixture among them.
  • Place the ramekins in a deep baking dish, and pour in cold water until it reaches halfway up the molds.
  • Place in the oven and bake 30-40 minutes, until golden brown on top and an inserted sharp knife or skewer is clean when removed.
  • To serve, place each ramekin on an individual plate. Spoon a small portion of crème fraiche to the side and decorate with a few violets or a small sprig of lavender.