Recipe

Baked Irish whiskey custard, honeycomb crumble wafers and candied apple

by Paula McIntyre

Ingredients

For the crumble topping:
50g plain flour
40g butter, room temperature
50g caster sugar

For the honeycomb:
100g caster sugar
1 tbsp liquid glucose
1 tbsp honey
1 dessertspoon baking soda

For the baked whiskey custard:
500ml double cream
50g butter
4 tbsp Irish whiskey
1 tsp vanilla extract
9 egg yolks
75g caster sugar

For the cider candied apples:
150g caster sugar
200ml semi-sweet cider
2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Equipment:
6 x 250ml metal moulds

Method

First, butter the moulds. Heat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Rub the flour, butter and sugar to coarse crumbs. Spoon onto the tray and bake for 15 mins, until golden and crisp. When cool, crumble with your fingers to separate.

For the honeycomb, place the sugar, glucose, honey and 2 tbsp water in a pan and cook to a golden amber liquid. Add the baking soda—carefully, as it will fizz up—and pour onto the parchment paper. Allow to cool completely. Either whizz to a powder in a food processor or bash in a bag with a rolling pin.

Take a sheet of parchment and sprinkle half of the honeycomb powder evenly over the top. Cook in the preheated oven for 2 mins then sprinkle half of the crumble on top. Return to the oven for 1 min, or until it bubbles up slightly. Remove from the oven and cool. Break into shards. Repeat with the remaining honeycomb and crumble.

Now make the custard. Set the oven to 150C. Boil the cream for 1 min. Add the butter, whiskey and vanilla and remove from the heat. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar, pour over the hot cream mixture and stir. Pour into the moulds and bake for about 12-15 mins or until just set on top but still a bit wobbly. Cool and then chill. Remove from the moulds.

For the candied apples, sprinkle the sugar in a large frying pan over a high heat. Cook to a golden liquid caramel. Add the cider and cook to a thick syrup. Add the apples and cook for about 5 mins or until soft.

To assemble, place the custard on a plate, top with some of the apple and place a shard of the honeycomb on top. Serve immediately.

ALTERNATIVE I’ve made this using calvados or pear brandy instead of the whiskey. Pear works well in place of the apple, but with perry instead of cider. Forced rhubarb, gently poached in a sugar syrup with cardamom and orange juice is also good.

Recipe: Paula McIntyre
Image: Kim Lightbody