Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 30th July 2010

Lately I’ve been on a Donna Hay kick.  She was one of the judges on MasterChef Australia this year and I’ve come to really like her and her philosophy on food.  She is a beautiful food stylist, I think she could make any dish look spectacular.  I purchased my very first Donna Hay cookbook, The Instant Cook, the other day and was lucky enough to find one of her magazines (50th Birthday Issue).

A photo of 2 baked Grand Marnier and raspberry vanilla custard cups desserts baked in white tea cups placed on a white dish.

She has so many beautiful dishes featured in this edition of the magazine and when I spotted her recipe for Classic Baked Vanilla Custard Cups (one of my favourite desserts) I thought I would give it a try.

A photo of a bottle of Grand Marnier, a basket of raspberries, a jar of sugar with 2 vanilla beans, and a baked Grand Marnier and raspberry vanilla custard dessert.

Grand Marnier (orange-flavoured cognac) is one of my favourite liqueurs. According to Wiki it was created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle.  I use it quite often when baking, especially with chocolate, raspberries, strawberries, and oranges.  I find it enhances the flavour of sauces and I especially love using it in custards.  At this time of year I always have a fridge full of berries and I knew raspberries paired with the Grand Marnier would be a perfect combination.

A photo of 3 baked Grand Marnier and raspberry vanilla custard desserts.

Custards are so easy to make and they take very little time.  They are also the base for so many different desserts.  Once you master a good custard base the possibilities are endless.  You can use it as a base in tarts or pastries.  It’s also used in many savoury dishes, one being quiche.

A photo of baked Grand Marnier and raspberry, vanilla custard dessert mise en place, milk, raspberries, egg shells, and one dessert.

Donna’s recipe is a definite winner, the custard was so creamy and absolutely delicious.  The fresh, juicy raspberries was so refreshing and the addition of Grand Marnier makes this an elegant dessert for any dinner party.

A photo of 4 baked Grand Marnier and raspberry vanilla custard desserts stacked on a pink placemat.

A photo of a baked Grand Marnier and raspberry vanilla custard dessert on a white napkin and a silver spoon.

A photo of a bowl of baked vanilla custard placed on a napkin with 4 bowls stacked behind.

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Comments (21)

21 Responses to “Baked Vanilla Custard Cups with Grand Marnier and Raspberry”

  1. Brenda Says:

    Grace, you always have the most delicious recipes and the most beautiful photos. I just love your blog. Grand Marnier is my very favourite liqueur. I’ve never cooked or baked with it though. These custard cups are so perfect for summer. Gorgeous!

  2. Grace Says:

    Oh Brenda you are so sweet, I was having one of those off days today and you just lifted my spirits, thank you! Brenda once you start experimenting with Grand Marnier you are going to love it, just add a little in your next dessert, you’ll be so surprised, so tasty. Have a great weekend!

  3. Amanda Says:

    Wow those are so gorgeous!! And I bet they tasted amazing too :)

  4. Kristen Nicole Says:

    I love the look and style of your blog! Your pictures and recipes are amazing too!

  5. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Kristen

  6. Jolly Princess Says:

    Wow! What a yummy blog you have here. Just blog walking to see what my neigbors are blogging about. Have a great weekend!:)

  7. Grace Says:

    Thank you for stopping by and you have a great weekend as well!

  8. Ryan Says:

    These look so delicious Grace, would it be possible for you to freeze some and send them over to me in airmail? Have a relaxing Sunday.

  9. Grace Says:

    Sorry Ryan can’t be freezing custard. I may just have to come visit and make you some. Relaxing is exactly what I haven’t planned for tomorrow, lazy day by the pool with family and friends, a barbecue and a few cocktails. Hope you have a great day too!

  10. Prerna Says:

    Hey thr,
    I was craving for chocolate mousse since morning and so just sat with my computer to look up a quick recipe and came across your blog. So just thought of dropping you a line telling you how much I loved it. Loved your photography as well!
    Thanx for your quick chocolate mousse recipe! Off to the kitchen now :-)
    keep up the good work!

  11. Grace Says:

    Thanks you so much for visiting, you’re going to love the mousse, I love all of Chef Ramsay’s recipes. Hope you come back again!

  12. Liza Says:

    OMG – love the sweets on your blog! :) Pictures too – do you take them yourself? This custard in particular looks delicious; I’ll have to try it!


  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you Liza, my daughter, Liana, takes the photos.

  14. oneshotbeyond Says:

    lovely looking refreshing dish!

  15. Grace Says:

    Thank you, just visited your site, such beautiful photography, heading back to explore.

  16. JB Says:

    What happens if u do accidentally get a little water in the custard??? Does it destroy your custard instantly? Your custard looks fabulous btw!!

  17. Grace Says:

    Thank you! Do you mean when you are putting in the oven or removing? It could curdle the cream a bit. In fact it happened to me last night with a batch of bonet that I baked, a little water accidently went into a couple of the cups. I was quick enough to remove the water and they continued to set fine but the presentation was definitely off. You need to push the oven rack in as much as possible before filling and it is best to place in a larger pan than you think you will need, this way you can fill away from the cups.

  18. Casey Says:

    Great Recipe! Mine are in the oven right now, I only hope they taste as good as they look!

  19. Grace Says:

    I bet they do Casey, hope you enjoy!

  20. Margo Says:

    Ive been looking for a twist on a custard recipe. This looks wonderful. Thanks for posting

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