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Boiled Custard

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Boiled custard is the basis of so many Southern desserts. Whether we pour it over pieces of cake, use it as the custard in our banana pie, or simply drizzle it over fruit, you'll love the light, rich flavor. And, yes, I said drizzle or pour...'cause this is a thin custard, almost like a sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups (1 quart) milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

What to Do

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, and eggs. Cook over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture comes to a boil, whisking frequently.

  2. Once the mixture begins to boil, whisk constantly for 5 to 6 more minutes until it coats a spoon and is shiny.

  3. Whisk in the vanilla and remove from the heat. Let cool slightly before using. Makes about 1 quart.


Do not overcook this, or the eggs will cause it to curdle. Sometimes I like to serve it over gelatin cubes. You can even freeze it and serve as frozen custard.

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It a lot easter in the microwave

I used to make egg custard year's ago, my husband has alway's loved it! I'm not sure if this is the same thing so i'm anxious to try this and get my husband's opinion on it. I know it will be a big hit, custard is YUMMY anyway you prepare it, especially in pie's!

Excellent! This was close to my Mother's recipe but it was stolen by her caregiver so I'm glad I found it again!

I have tried to fid this recipie for years.To my knowledge my Grandmother never gave it a name but she would make this in vanilla and chocolate to pour over cake.

I had lost my recipe for this. Glad to have it again.

Really good stuff!

I have not yet tried this; but have a question....can this be made vegan?

I remember my mother making this when I was a little girl only her version was airy like so I think she may have beat egg whites separately and folded them into the yolk mixture. But anyway it sure was GOOD so I am going to try your version and see how it compares.

simply delicious over apple dumplings !!!!!!!!

My late mother-in-law served this every year on Christmas Eve with coconut cake for dessert. She served it in punch cups and it was so delicious.

This would be very good poured on top of fruit pie-all kinds ! It would be super good !


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