Raspberry Custard Cups

By • July 4, 2011 • 119 Comments



Author Notes: This is such an easy dish, delicious dessert. I like to serve it for special guests. - SLDSLD

Food52 Review: These custard cups are the brilliant lovechild of raspberry cheesecake and crème brulée. You fold tangy cream cheese into an egg and flour-enriched custard, which is then studded with plump whole raspberries and covered in a cap of rich brown sugar. SLD has you brulée the custard and then sprinkle the sugar on top; we found that popping the ramekins back into the oven for a few minutes gave us that crisp shell we craved, but the choice is yours -- they're silky and delicious either way. -A&MA&M

Serves 6

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups fresh Raspberries
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, egg, flour and cornstarch. Mix Well.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla. Stir well with a wire whisk.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the custard thickens. Pour into a bowl.
  4. Add the cream cheese. Stir for two minutes, or until the cheese melts. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until the custard cools.
  5. Preheat the broiler. Pour the custard into six custard cups set on a baking sheet. Press the berries into the custard. Broil four inches from the heat for two minutes, or until the custard is golden in color.
  6. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Set aside for one to two minutes, or until the sugar melts. Alternately, if you want the sugar to brulée, put them back under the broiler briefly. Be sure to watch them carefully and pull them out when the sugar is bubbly but before it burns.

Tags: sweet

Comments (119) Questions (7)

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about 1 month ago za'atar

It is so nice to find a custard-like dessert that doesn't call for heavy cream! This is a great base recipe that could allow for endless variations. I agree with others that it's a bit too sweet, but the addition of some lemon would be delicious. Can't wait to make this again!

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5 months ago Lissa

thank you for this recipe, it was a revelation, beautifully silky, creamy, I can't stop eating it. WOW
and so easy to make

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5 months ago Michelle

Excited to try this; pardon my ignorance though, what is a broiler? Maybe it's called something different in Ireland.

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6 months ago Mama B

If you made the recipe ahead up to the point where you pour the custard into the cups and then chilled them until you were ready to finish them, would the custard still be soft enough to push the raspberries into the custard?

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6 months ago Woodside

Yes. That's the way I usually prepare this.

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about 1 year ago T. Renea

Made these last night for mother in law dinner. It was a big hit! Going to try them with blueberries.

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over 1 year ago LizzyD77

I have made these several times for different occasions, and they have come out perfectly every time! I used neufchatel cheese, with no issues at all. It is trunly an amazingly simply, yet impressive recipe, which has made me look really good more than once now, so thank you!

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almost 2 years ago Kt4

this came out awesome! and so simple!
i mixed crushed lavendar in with the milk and added a bit of Ryan's cream whiskey after the cream cheese. i don't have ramekins so just used bowls and couldn't broil. also, raspberries are expensive so i sliced flavorful strawberries over the top. a doubled recipe gave me the perfect amount for 5 people. i'm definitely making this again!

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about 2 years ago KarenSue

Terrific!

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about 2 years ago KarenSue

Terrific!

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over 2 years ago sometimesOctavia

This is seriously the simplest, easiest dessert recipe I've ever seen. It's so quick and uses ingredients I usually have. And it's delicious! People are always super impressed, especially if you take the couple minutes to brown the sugar on top. This is in permanent rotation in my house!

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over 2 years ago jebida

This was so simple! I made this recipe not once but twice this weekend! The first time I only got three ramekins out of the mix and they still weren't quite full enough for the sugar to really brûlée much under the broiler. The second time I used a shorter ramekin and set them up as close to the broiler as possible (top shelf)... perfection! What a perfect way to cap off a sunday roast! Thanks!

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almost 3 years ago constanterratic

Sweet Marie! This recipe is brilliant! I almost ate the custard before adding the cream cheese, but I kept my cool so I could taste the dessert as it was meant to be eaten. No regrets there! I loaded the ramekins with an overflowing two cups of raspberries, and I was rewarded with a perfect balance of tart berry flavor and sweet custard. The cups weren't too sweet for me at all. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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almost 3 years ago SLD

Your Welcome! I am glad that you enjoyed it! :)

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over 2 years ago constanterratic

After two months, I have to admit that I have made these custard cups three more times (I'm shameless), but I omitted the cream cheese, overloaded the cooled custard with pomegranate arils and I've found my go-to dessert for life, haha. Thank you again for a recipe that is so versatile and satisfying! I'm already dreaming of adding raisins, blackberries, or cranberries and almonds. :D

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almost 3 years ago kimd

Delicious! I will definately make these again! The only problem is my ramekins must have been bigger and I only got 4. Oh, well, I guess I will DOUBLE the recipe next time! :)

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almost 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Kimd. I, too, like to double the recipe because there never seems to be enough!!

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almost 3 years ago kathy.lautz

Wonderful recipe! Glad to see a (partially) flour-thickened pudding. I for one, like the texture flour lends to the mouth feel.

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almost 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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almost 3 years ago Xiang

Great recipe with creamy texture and the marriage of the berries and brown sugar is terrific. I found it just a bit too sweet for my taste. Adding the juice of one lemon to the cooled mixture allowed the tartness of the cream cheese to shine through just a bit more and we complimented you again while we enjoyed it. What do you think?

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almost 3 years ago favabean

I had a hunch that it might be too sweet so I added the juice of half a lemon and the tartness tempered the sweetness. I also added a pinch or so of cardamom to the mixture which was lovely.

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almost 3 years ago SLD

Good Idea! I will try that the next time I make them :)

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almost 3 years ago Xiang

The recipe is easy, the creamy texture, berries and brown sugar are great,but I found it just a bit too sweet. Juice of one fresh lemon added to the cooled mixture made the tartness of the cream cheese just a bit more discernable and improved the taste for us. What do you think?

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almost 3 years ago mbierlich

Congrats on the win! I made these this weekend and everyone loved them! Can't wait for another excuse to make them and perhaps try a different berry or fruit- although the raspberries were the perfect accompaniment to the sweet creamy custard!

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almost 3 years ago SLD

Thank You! I am sure just about any fruit would be delicious!

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almost 3 years ago eric.januszewski

Just made these, they turned out to be amazing! Thanks for posting the recipe!

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almost 3 years ago SLD

Your welcome. So happy that you enjoyed them!

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about 3 years ago Woodside

I have made this twice, both times with blueberries. It's a great recipe. Made it for guests, who really enjoyed it. Lots of "Oh My!" and "What's in this?" I particularly like the smooth, creamy texture. Both times I deviated from the recipe by waiting to add the vanilla after I took the mixture off the heat, to avoid losing any of the vanilla flavor in the cooking. This is a keeper.

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almost 3 years ago SLD

It sounds delicious, Woodside. So glad you and your guests enjoyed them!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Congrats, SLD, on a unique, delicious dessert! I made them over the weekend and loved them!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Emily C. I am glad that you enjoyed them!

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

congratulations on such a beautiful dessert!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago WinnieAb

Congrats! These look wonderful :)

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Congratulations SLD!!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations, SLD! Looking forward to trying these.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You! I hope that you enjoy them.

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congratulations on your win..........

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

congratulations SLD!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago creamtea

congratulations SLD! These look delicious.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats on your win SLD! This is such a tasty looking recipe. I pretty much never use cream cheese, but I definitely will have to give it a try.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, fiveandspice, I hope that you enjoy them. I am also going to be trying your muffins -- they look delicious!

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congratulations, SLD!!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Excellent win! Congrats to you!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, SLD! Lovely recipe indeed.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago nancy o

definitely going to try these; they look scrumptious. I keep looking at the picture and the berries on top look like strawberries; are my eyes deceiving me?

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about 3 years ago SLD

No, they are raspberries. I hope that you enjoy them!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

Congrats on the Win!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations on the win, it's a wonderful recipe!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You! It's so exciting!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Congratulations!!!!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

My! Made and served these tonight for company. We made 4 servings out of this recipe and there are no leftovers. My son's comment was "This deserves to win." He also loved the muffins. I love how easy this recipe is, and how good it tastes!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats on the win! I loved both finalists this week.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You Sagegreen, I am glad that you enjoyed them. I am so excited about winning!

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congrats on making the finals, SLD! What a beautiful and creative recipe. These look and sound utterly delicious. I look forward to trying your recipe. I know that my husband will adore these custard cups -- creme brulee and cheesecake are his two all-time favorite desserts!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, cookinginvictoria. I hope that you and your husband enjoy them!

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about 3 years ago This Little Piggy (Lisa)

Would love to be one of your special guests! Looks very tasty and simple - will definitely try this.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Lisa. Enjoy!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Love cheesecake and creme brulee--this looks brilliant! Congratulations!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You. BlueKaleRoad!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

Brilliant recipe. What a great celebration of my favorite fruit!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago Emiko

This looks absolutely heavenly, can't wait to try it!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Enjoy!

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about 3 years ago TheExperimentalGourmand

I just made these, and they are delicious! Definitely one for the keeper file!

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about 3 years ago SLD

I am glad you enjoyed them!

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about 3 years ago lisarosenstein

Making them tonight!

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about 3 years ago lisarosenstein

on menu for dessert tonight!

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about 3 years ago SLD

I hope you enjoyed them!

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about 3 years ago SweetB

These look so yummy! I had something like this years ago at a restaurant and it was one of my favorite desserts- these look beautiful!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You. Hope you have a chance to try them.

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about 3 years ago Waverly

Wow! Congratulations on being a finalist. This one is a keeper.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Waverly.

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love 'love child' desserts!!!!!!! These look gorgeous. Congratulations

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Kitchen Butterfly!

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about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

nice recipe, congrats to you!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats, SLD on being a finalist. These do look silky smooth!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

I am going to make this later in the weekend, too. So great to have company coming.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Sagegreen. Let me know how they turn out -- I am sure they will be a hit!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You. This is my first time. So exciting!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Congrats SLD -- these look delicious AND easy to prepare, my favorite kind of dessert!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You EmilyC, they are!

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about 3 years ago creamtea

Oh wow, these look gorgeous. Congratulations!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Oh wow, these sounds fab. Congrats SLD!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, Midge!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congratulations on being a finalist SLD! These look delicious! I'm flattered to be up against you. :)

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You, fiveandspice. Your muffins look delicious as well.
This is so much fun!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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oh my gosh these sound great! Congrats!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations SLD! These look fabulous.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations SLD, these sound really delicious!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!

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about 3 years ago ChefJune

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This one already has a silver cup. Did it compete in an earlier contest?

sounds REALLY delicious.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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The site now gives silver cups to both finalists right off the bat, then changes the winning one to gold. Finalist recipes aren't eligible to compete again per the contest rules.

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

Really! So, if you have a silver cup you end up in recipe purgatory, never to have a chance to be in the book?

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

I guess you have the chance at a wildcard?

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I guess it kind of is recipe purgatory. This is in the cookbook contest rules: 1. If a recipe is not chosen as a finalist for one contest, you may re-submit the same recipe for a future contest. (For example, Mom's Mud Pie could be submitted for Your Best Farm to Table Recipe and later for Your Best Kid-Friendly Recipe).

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about 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

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Hi all -- that was actually a typo in the contest rules, which we just fixed. Only winning recipes are disqualified from entering future contests. Sorry for the confusion! And from now on, the silver trophies shouldn't be showing up till a contest is over -- that was a bug. Thanks for bearing with us!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats! These look awesome, and anything that's the lovechild of cheesecake and crème brulée has got to be delicious.

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You. Hope you have a chance to try them.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Delicious!

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about 3 years ago SLD

Yes, they are. Thank You.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Congratulations on your win, SLD!! Love the recipe...saved it :)

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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This looks divine! Yummmm. ;o)

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about 3 years ago SLD

Thank You!