As the entire world anticipates season four of the most acclaimed series ever on PBS, Downton Abbey, it is time to start thinking about Downton parties and there may not be a more perfect dessert than this brand new dish from the chef/author of "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals," which features one of the favorite food items of the Dowager Countess, raspberries!
Here we have a classic gateaux topped with a Victorian Sweet Custard and then crowned with some fresh raspberries. A combination of tastes and textures which can only be described as "regal." Though the basis for this new dessert is indeed classic and gourmet, it is also incredibly easy to prepare. In the slideshow, you will find pictures of each step, including how to assemble to the final presentation.
For more food and party ideas to celebrate Downton Abbey, visit the Facebook page called The Food of Downton Abbey, which includes recipes from the book, additional recipes and how-to pictures!
Ingredients needed to make Downton Gateaux (makes 6):
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 Tbs. vanilla
- 12 oz. raspberries
- Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
- In a mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until frothy. Once frothy, beat in 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form (see picture in slideshow).
- Spoon the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with any tip you like. Pipe the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet, making individual discs (platforms).
- Place the meringues into the oven and bake (actually dry) 60-90 minutes, depending on size and thickness.
- Remove the meringues from the oven and let cool on the pan completely (this can be done the day before)/
- In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk the half-and-half and remaining sugar just until the mixture comes to a simmer.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
- Into the egg yolks, whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot cream.
- Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the hot cream. Once it has been whisked in, stir the mixture over medium heat until it has thickened (see picture in the slideshow).
- Remove the Victorian Sweet Custard from the heat and chill (at least 2 hours). It will thicken as it chills.
- Toss the raspberries in a little sugar.
- Place a gateaux (meringue) on a dessert plate.
- Spread a thick layer of the Victorian Sweet Custard atop the gateaux.
- Atop the Victorian Sweet Custard, place the raspberries (this is called "crowning the gateaux").
The book Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals, is now in its third printing and available worldwide, including the official website for Downton Abbey!