I have this sheet at work, where I track birthdays and favorite desserts. My co-worker listed 'anything with whip cream & custard :) nothing too chocolate-y.'
Yes, she's Asian. =) I call this the quintessential Asian dessert: vanilla bean custard, fresh whipped cream, fresh fruit, all low sugar. You can throw in any other ingredient for formalities; cake, cookies, pie shell. That extra ingredient really doesn't matter, because every good Asian only really wants to eat those three ingredients alone.
For this rendition, I chose nilla wafers, to give texture to the other ingredients.
Mini Custard Goodness
- One serving of Pastry Cream
- 1 1/2 cups of Nilla Wafers, pulsed to fine crumbs
- 1 cup of Nilla Wafers, crushed into big pieces, set aside
- 12 whole Nilla Wafers, set aside
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup of white sugar, reduce or add sugar depending on how sweet of a crust you like.
- 6 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 2-3 cups of fresh fruit, preferably smaller fruits like berries, grapes (halved), etc.
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of powder sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- Cupcake pan and linings
Nilla Wafer Crust Directions
- Prepare pastry cream according to recipe and leave to cool.
- Pre-heat oven to 375F.
- Line cupcake pan with lining.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine fine crumbed Nilla Wafers, butter and sugar.
- Press about a tablespoon worth of the mixture into the cupcake linings. If you have any left over, just distribute it evenly among the linings.
- Bake for about 5 minutes, until slightly brown around the edges.
- Set aside to cool.
Whipped Cream Directions
- Chill bowl, whip attachment, cream for 15 minutes in the freezer.
- Using an standing mixer, start whisking the cream in a low speed until small bubbles form, about 3 minutes.
- Slowly add sugar and vanilla extract.
- Turn up the speed and whisk until soft peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
- Note: You can beat the cream as still as you like it, but for this particular dessert, I wanted it a bit droppy, so that it would have a soft cloudy look. This consistency would not work if you plan on piping the whipped cream.
Apologies for the plastic wrap over the delicious goodness. I pre-made everything the night before and ran home at lunch to assemble.