- 1/2 cup butter - (1 stick)
- 1 3/4 cups brown sugar - (packed)
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 7 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee (optional) (or 1/3 cup maple syrup)
Combine the butter and the brown sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring. Add the cream and stir until smooth.
Combine the cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Stir in the milk until the cornstarch dissolves. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until the mixture thickens, 5 minutes.
Whisk 1 cup of the mixture into the egg yolks, then return to the pan. Add the vanilla and optional espresso or maple syrup. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Strain and pour into 8 custard cups. Serve warm or cold.
This recipe yields 8 servings.
Each serving: 468 calories; 260 mg sodium; 185 mg cholesterol; 25 grams fat; 15 grams saturated fat; 58 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams protein; 0.06 gram fiber.