Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:Han Solo, being an orphan, hankered for things which were rare treats for him. Coarse, sugary foods were not uncommon fare in his life as a beggar under the control of Garris Shrike, but what he wanted were things like gooey, homemade cakes and pies, or delicate baked custards like crème caramel or crème brulée which took skill and love to make. They symbolized the home every orphan fantasized about, and the parents who would come for them ... someday.
No-Bake Citrus Custard
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo
When Han reached adulthood, he eventually managed to win the Millennium Falcon starship. Transient that he was, the ship was his home but it lacked a kitchen, and it certainly didn't have the oven he needed for baking cakes and pies. "I don't bake," he'd reply tersely, when asked about this shortcoming.
To cook, Han and first mate Chewbacca would bleed heat from the Falcon's manifold onto a hotplate to pan-cook or boil food. Han had tried to rig a metal box that could be used as an oven, but it was simply to unreliable for the fine desserts he desired.
Over time, he developed a fondness for delicate stirred custard, which he'd flavor with liqueurs he happened to have on hand. It could be cooked on a campfire if one was careful enough, then poured into a bowl, or a bunch of smaller bowls. He'd leave the pie in the cargohold, which was unheated, to chill. And he'd have a dessert that was not only fine enough for company, but it fully satisfied his cravings no oven needed.
In fact, it was so good that he'd make a huge batch, just to make sure he'd have enough for himself. Or in case he was forced to share!
Turn off the heat, and add in the butter, whisking till the butter melts and the mixture is glossy. Add the lemon rind, juice, and liqueur, and whisk in thoroughly. Add a pinch of salt to improve the flavor.
Ladle the custard into a large serving bowl, or into individual bowls. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the filling and place in the refrigerator overnight to chill.
When cooled, slice with a knife dampened with hot water. Serves up to 50.
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