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Goat Cheese Puddings
© Stephanie Foley

Goat Cheese Puddings

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD
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  • VEGETARIAN

Poppy, known for simple, seasonal dishes from chef Jerry Traunfeld, keeps a molecular gastronomist in the pastry station. Dana Cree uses techniques she picked up at the Fat Duck in the U.K. and New York City's WD-50. "I learned to divorce flavors from their original textures to create something new," she says.

  1. 2 cups milk
  2. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  4. 1/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
  5. Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 2 large egg yolks
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  10. One 10 1/2 ounce log fresh goat cheese, softened (about 1 1/4 cups)
  11. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  12. 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  13. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  14. Fresh raspberries, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk with the cream, vanilla bean and seeds, the 1/4 cup of honey and the lemon zest. Bring to a simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the milk, discarding the vanilla bean.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the whole eggs with the yolks, sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Gradually whisk in the warm milk mixture. Pour the contents of the bowl into the saucepan. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking constantly until thickened, 1 minute.
  3. Transfer the custard to a blender. Add the goat cheese, butter, lemon juice and salt and blend until smooth. Pour the custard into eight 3/4-cup ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Top with raspberries and a light drizzle of honey and serve.