Vanilla Bean Blancmange
Literally means "white food". Blancmange is a delicate, quivering snow-white pudding that goes back to the 16th century that was extremely popular in the Victorian age.
more or less
or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Setup a double-boiler and begin scalding 2 cups of the milk. Scrape out the seeds of the vanilla bean and add the seeds and pod along with the orange peel to the milk.
(If using vanilla extract add it at the end of cooking.)
In a small bowl mix together the remaining ½ cup of milk, 5 tablespoon of cornstarch, salt and sugar.
Once the milk is steaming, remove the vanilla bean pod and orange peel then gradually add the cornstarch, sugar and milk mixture stirring constantly.
Once re-heated and thickened, cover and cook, stirring frequently for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat (stir in vanilla extract if needed) and transfer into buttered molds or custard cups.
To serve un-mold onto serving plates and serve with chocolate sauce.