This rich and delicious old fashioned Baked Custard Recipe is certain to satisfy your sweets craving. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries for an easy-to-make dessert.
Easy Baked Custard Recipe
These Baked Custard cups are super simple to make using ingredients you likely already have on hand. How do you make baked custard? First, place six 6 ounce ramekins into a pan with enough space between each to pour boiling water for the water bath. Using an electric mixer and a medium size bowl, beat together the eggs and egg yolks. Add the half and half, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix just until combined then divide the custard evenly among the ramekins. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar and fill the pan with boiling water. Bake per the recipe until set and enjoy them warm or chilled.
How to Make the Best Baked Custard Recipe
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Baked Custard: Whole milk, large eggs, large egg yolk, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar and turbinado sugar.
- Kitchen tools you’ll need: A hand mixer or whisk, measuring cups and spoons, large mixing bowl, six 6 ounce ramekins, a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
- If you prefer, you can dust the tops with additional nutmeg and omit the turbinado sugar. The raw sugar adds a nice texture to the custard overall. You could also use both.
- You can add orange or lemon zest to the custard for a citrus twist in flavor.
- Allow time for the eggs, egg yolk and half and half to come to room temperature prior to mixing the ingredients together.
- You can also use a heat stable alternative sweetener in the same amount. i.e. Splenda or similar brand of sweetener that you enjoy.
- When beating the egg custard filling, beat just until combined. If you whip the mixture too vigorously it will cause air bubbles in the custard.
- Please note: While the raw sugar (turbinado sugar) will add texture to the top of these baked custard cups they aren’t like creme brulee with the hard burnt sugar topping. If you want that aspect, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar at the end of baking and broil or caramelize with a pastry torch.
- It’s easier to arrange the ramekins in the pan and place the whole thing into the oven prior to filling it with boiling water. Doing so results in less chance of sloshing about when moving it from the counter to the oven to bake.
- Store baked Egg Custard chilled in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Baked Custard Recipe
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk room temperature
- 3 cups half and half or whole milk room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg plus additional to dust tops, if desired
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2-3 Tbsp turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw) for the tops
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange six 6 ounce ramekins in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan leaving room around each one for water. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and egg yolk using an electric mixer just until combined. (Vigorous beating will create air bubbles in the custard)
- To the eggs add half and half (or whole milk), sugar, vanilla, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Beat on medium just until fully incorporated.
- Divide egg custard evenly between the ramekins. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar and a light dusting of nutmeg. Fill the pan with boiling water to 1 inch depth on sides.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or just until the center of the custard is set when the pan is gently shaken. (You can broil the top at the end of baking to brown further, if desired)
- Carefully remove the ramekins to a cooling rack to cool completely. (You can also enjoy warm)
- Chill until serving with whipped cream and fresh berries.