Summer Blackberry Custards

Summer Blackberry Custards Recipe
Photo: © Martin Morrell
Alain Coumont makes these ethereal, citrusy custards with wild blackberries gathered from his property. Try them with blueberries, raspberries or pitted cherries, too.



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6 cups blackberries (2 pounds)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 eggs
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


Preheat the oven to 450°. Spread 1/2 cup of the blackberries in each of twelve 4-ounce gratin dishes. Arrange the gratin dishes on 2 baking sheets.

In a bowl, whisk the milk with the cream, eggs, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon juice and orange zest until smooth. Ladle 1/4 cup of the custard into each dish; bake for about 15 minutes, until the centers are set. Transfer the custards to wire racks and let stand for 30 minutes. Serve.


Alain Coumont,

August 2009
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