Recipe inspired by the book “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
“At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam.”
“On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains. And on Mondays eight servants including an extra gardener toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before.”
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/3 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
- 3/4 cup heavy cream chilled
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
Combine yolks, sugar, champagne, and liqueur, if using, in a large metal bowl set over a large pan of simmering water. Whisk until mixture is very thick and has expanded in volume, about 7 minutes. Place bowl in ice bath; let cool completely.
Place cream in a large bowl, and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into egg-yolk mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator at least 20 minutes.