Basic Baked Custard

Basic Baked Custard: Main Image
From: American Egg Board

Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Total: 40 min.
Serve custard by itself, or try it with fresh fruit, your favorite preserves, maple syrup, or caramel sauce.


  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg or cinnamon, optional


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Heat milk in small saucepan until very hot. Milk should be steaming, but not bubbling. Meanwhile, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in medium bowl until blended but not foamy; slowly stir in hot milk.
  • Place six lightly greased 6 oz custard cups in baking pan large enough to hold cups without touching each other or sides of pan. Pour egg mixture into cups, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon, if desired.
  • Place pan on rack in center of 350°F oven; pour very hot water into pan to within 1/2 inch of top of cups. Bake until knife inserted near center comes out clean, 25–30 minutes; center will still be soft. Remove cups from water bath at once; cool on wire rack 5–10 minutes.
  • Serve warm or refrigerate until cold.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 166
  Calories from Fat 37 (22%)
(6%)Total Fat 4g
(8%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
(43%)Cholesterol 129mg
(8%)Sodium 198mg
(1%)Potassium 41mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 23g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(16%)Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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