Baked Custard

For one or two servings only

There is no lack of baked custard recipes, but they usually make too much for one person. I tried to find a recipe that makes only a small amount, and here is the result. It makes a bit more than a cup of custard, enough for two of the small Pyrex bowls that are often used for it. Only an egg, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla and nutmeg are required.

Break one egg into a bowl, and mix in 1-1/2 tablespoons of sugar and a dash of salt. Heat about 3/4 cup of milk in a saucepan until nearly boiling, then mix it with the egg and sugar. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, stir, and divide it between the two bowls. Sprinkle ground nutmeg on top.

Heat the oven to 325°F. Take a casserole dish that will hold the two Pyrex bowls and put an inch of hot water in it, and put it in the oven. Put in the two bowls, and bake for about 45 minutes. A knife inserted in the custard will come out clean when the custard is set.

Not much can go wrong with this, as it is very simple. I think it is as good as many more fussy recipes, and very pleasant. It is also very cheap.

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Composed by J. B. Calvert
Created 29 June 2002
Last revised