- Course: Dessert
- Skill Level: Moderate
- Cost: Inexpensive
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Can be made ahead of time.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Beat eggs lightly with sugar, salt, and vanilla; gradually stir in hot milk. Pour into 10 custard cups (buttered if you want to unmold custards) or a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with nutmeg, set in a large shallow pan, and pour in warm water to a depth of 1”.
Bake, uncovered, about 1 hour until a knife inserted midway between center and rim comes out clean. Remove custards from water bath and cool to room temperature. Chill slightly before serving.
Egg Yolk Custard: Prepare as directed, using 2 egg yolks for each whole egg.
Per serving (whole milk): 175 C, 285 mg CH, 110 mg S*
Vanilla Bean Custard: Prepare as directed, substituting a 2” piece vanilla bean for the extract; heat bean in milk as it scalds; remove before mixing milk into eggs. Nutritional count same as basic recipe.
Butterscotch Custard: Prepare as directed, using light brown sugar and half-and-half cream.
Per serving: 215 C, 170 mg CH, 130 mg S*
Chocolate Custard: Prepare as directed, omitting nutmeg, melting 2 (1-ounce) grated squares unsweetened chocolate in scalding milk.
Per serving: 180 C, 150 mg CH, 135 mg S*
For a richer custard, use half-and-half cream.
Per serving: 245 C, 170 mg CH, 130 mg S*
Crème Caramel: Mix custard as directed. Spoon about 1 tablespoon caramelized sugar into each custard cup, add custard, and bake as directed. Chill, then unmold by dipping custards quickly in warm water and inverting.
Per serving: 200 C, 150 mg CH, 135 mg S*
Nutritional information is provided by the author.
Per serving (whole milk): 150 C, 150 mg CH, 135 mg S*
Per serving (skim milk): 125 C, 140 mg CH, 135 mg S*