(4 – 6 servings)
1″ x 2″ piece of fresh ginger
2 C whole milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 C sugar, divided
2 Tb. + 2 tsp. cornstarch
4 Tb. butter, cut into small pieces
slight pinch of salt, to taste
2 C fresh blueberries
2 t water
2 T sugar, to taste
Peel and cut the ginger into thin slices. Pour the milk into a saucepan, add the ginger slices and 1/4 C sugar and bring to a low simmer, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, cover and steep for about a half hour, tasting for strength. Strain the milk to remove the ginger slices and reheat to a low simmer.
Whisk together the yolks with the remaining 1/4 C sugar. Add the cornstarch and whisk thoroughly until the mixture is light yellow. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking constantly to temper the eggs. Return to the heat and bring to a very slow boil, stirring slowly and constantly. Cook for about 2 minutes. Take off the heat and add the butter pieces, stirring until the cream smooths out. Add a slight pinch of salt, to taste. Pour into a clean container and press a piece of plastic wrap into the surface. Set aside to cool.
Combine the fresh blueberries, water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over low heat for just a few minutes until the fruit gets saucy. Set aside to cool.
Layer the cream with the blueberries in a parfait glass or scoop into a bowl.