Caribbean Almond Fruit Cone with Pernod Custard
4 egg yolks17 fl.oz milk
½ a vanilla pod
1-2 tbsp pernod
4 oz granulated sugar
2½ oz cornstarch
2 oz water
4 egg whites
7 oz Icing sugar
2½ oz melted butter
4 oz flour
1 oz ground almonds
2 tbsp heavy cream
8 oz frozen raspberries (defrosted)
12 oz sugar
In a bowl put yolks, sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod. Whisk for 3-4 minutes until thick. Scald the milk with the remaining pod. Gradually stir the hot milk into the yolk mixture. Add the water to the cornstarch and mix well, then add to the custard. Return custard to the pot over medium heat stirring constantly with the whisk until it becomes very thick. Remove from heat and stir in the pernod. Put into a container and refrigerate.
Whisk egg whites in a bowl just until it peaks. Sift flour, ground almonds and icing sugar. Fold into the egg white mixture until it has all combined. Add the melted butter and cream and mix well. Put into a container and refrigerate until ready to make the cones.
To make Cones:
Place a silicon mat on a baking tray and put 6 tablespoons of the batter onto the mat separately, leaving 6" between each tablespoon of batter. Spread it as thinly as possible with the back of the spoon. Bake the cones at 450F/230C/gas mark 8 until brown around the edges. Using a metal spatula lift the biscuit off the mat while hot and shape into cones. Store cones in air tight container.
In a container mix the berries and the sugar and then put into a blender and puree for 2 minutes. Strain the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.
Place the cones in the center of 4 plates and fill with the custard. Sprinkle with mixed fruit of your choice i.e. raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, mango. Pour the raspberry sauce around the cone, sprinkle with a little sieved icing sugar and serve.