AT A GLANCE
Matcha gives this baked custard a unique colour and flavour, which pairs beautifully with ginger-poached pears, while the crumb mixture adds texture and crunch.
|01||Preheat oven to 150C. Whisk cream, milk and matcha in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl to combine, then whisk in hot cream mixture. Pour into a jug, skim any bubbles from the surface, then pour into a shallow 800ml ovenproof dish. Place in a roasting pan lined with a tea towel, pour in hot water to come halfway up sides of dish and bake until set with a slight wobble in the centre (50 minutes to 1 hour). Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until chilled (3-4 hours).|
|02||Meanwhile, for ginger-poached pears, stir sugar, ginger, lemon rind and juice and 750ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a simmer, then add pears. Cover directly with a round of baking paper, weight with a plate to keep pears submerged, reduce heat to medium and simmer until pears are tender when pierced (10-15 minutes). Set aside in poaching liquid, and drain pears to serve.|
|03||For rice malt crumb, preheat oven to 180C. Stir ingredients in a bowl to form a crumbly mixture, spread on an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp (8-10 minutes). Store in an airtight container.|
|04||Serve matcha custard topped with ginger-poached pears and scattered with rice malt crumb.|
Note Matcha is finely ground green tea. It's available from specialist tea shops and Japanese grocers. Brown rice flour and rice malt syrup are available from health-food shops.