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You know – everyone can buy a powdered custard and make it following directions on the package. And the products on the market are not bad – but – there really is nothing like totally homemade, sweet smelling custard. Here is my favourite recipe:
Old-fashioned Baked Custard:
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of scalded milk
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
Beat eggs lightly with a fork. Stir in sugar, salt and vanilla. Add a little of the hot milk to the egg mixture and stir; add remaining milk and mix well. Strain. Pour into either a 1 quart mold or 8 individual molds; sprinkle with nutmeg. Set mold or molds into a pan containing about 1-inch of hot water. Bake at 350F for 50 – 60 minutes or until firm.
To test: run a sharp knife through the centre – if knife comes out clean, then custard is done. Serve as is or unmould into serving dishes and you can always top the custards with fresh strawberries or other delicious fruits!
And as with all my other recipes – here are some variations:
Chocolate custard: Add 1 square of unsweetened chocolate, melted with the vanilla
Fruit custard: Fold in 1 cup of canned or fresh fruits with the vanilla