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A natty sweet treat recipe

As promised last week we have a recipe for you – natillas. It’s on the Habis menu and is a dessert that punches well above its weight. It is essentially a sweet custard topped with a biscuit – but with that special Habis twist and made by the fantastic Fabian, it is soooooo much more than that.

So, what you will need:

1.5 litres of milk

8 large egg yolks

8tbsp icing sugar

40g cornflour

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla pod

Rind of one lemon

Biscuits to top (something like digestives)

How you do it:

Put most if the milk, vanilla seeds and pod, cinnamon stick and lemon rind on a medium heat for 10 minutes – but make sure it doesn’t boil. If it looks like it will take it off the heat and turn the heat down.

Sieve the mixture and leave to one side. In a bowl add the egg yolks, icing sugar, rest of the milk, corn flour and whisk until the sugar has disappeared. Add this mixture to the milk and put the whole lot in a glass bowl and place over a pan of boiling water.  Gently stir on a low heat for 20 to 30 minutes minutes or so. Don’t overcook and don’t undercook – if it looks like it make be on the verge of splitting take off the heat but continue stirring and allow to cool for a mo and then put back over the pan. Once it has the consistency of say, rice pudding, pour into small ramekins. The Gu pud dishes are perfect for this.

Pop a biscuit on top and allow to cool down on the side. Once cooled, pop them in the fridge overnight – perfect for a lunchtime treat in the garden the next day! If you want, sprinkle some cinnamon on top which gives the dish a nice finish.

There’s nowhere else in the Fens that you’ll find this dish, so if you’re not in the mood for cooking this weekend you can always swing past this cosy corner of Cambridgeshire and indulge yourself after some tapas.

However, Fabian says: “I use local and seasonal products and therefore it affects what is on the menu. If I make natillas and it splits there will no natillas on the menu that day.”

What a perfectionist – and it hasn’t happened yet, has it Fabian?

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