Puddings

Baked Vanilla Custards

You know, the little things in life truly make me happy, because deep down, I’m actually a very simple girl.

Although, I will confess that several times during my life, I’ve been accused (unjustly, I might add) of being high maintenance. Or, to paraphrase Billy Crystal in “When Harry met Sally”, I’m the worst kind of girl, because I’m high maintenance but I think I’m low maintenance.

Between me and you, I’m low maintenance.

riiiiiiight.

As I was saying, it doesn’t take much to make me happy, and a new baking book really hits the mark. I was very excited to purchase not one but TWO new baking books last week – it’s been way too long since I’ve done that, and I promptly read each one cover to cover while the posse was away.

Because nothing invites conversation more than a mother sitting down quietly with a book….which is why I waited until they were gone.

And if you have kids, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Anyway, inspiration struck when Mom and Dad came over for dinner last week, and I decided to try these simple baked custards first.

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Although I overbaked them a bit, this really is basic comfort food at its finest – suitable for dressing up or down, with either a bruleed sugar crust, fresh fruit, whipped cream, or powdered sugar.

And I just realized, I have the last one of these in the fridge.

Perfect.

Oh, and I highly recommend serving them warm…..

Baked Vanilla Custards – adapted from Back In The Day Bakery

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and have six custard cups or ramekins ready.

Mix together the eggs, sugar, milk, nutmeg and vanilla. Strain the mixture into a large Pyrex measuring cup. Divide the mixture evenly among the cups, and place the cups into a large baking dish. Add enough hot water to the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the custards are just set. Remove from the oven and serve warm or chilled with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, or whipped cream.

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