Cooking at Home - Basic Custard

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Published Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Makes: 4 servings

Eggs, milk, and a bit of sugar combine into a wholesome dessert that can be enjoyed by all ages.


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup skim milk (or reconstituted non-fat dry milk)
  • 1/2 vanilla (1/2 teaspoon, optional)


Stovetop version:

  1. Beat egg and sugar together in a saucepan.
  2. Add milk.
  3. Place saucepan with egg/milk mixture in another pan containing 1-2 inches boiling water.
  4. Stir custard constantly while cooking. Cook until foam disappears and custard coats the spoon. Remove from heat.
  5. Add flavoring and stir. Pour into individual dishes and cool in the refrigerator. Custard will be soft.

Baked version:

  1. Beat together egg and sugar in a baking dish.
  2. Add milk and flavorings. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Set baking dish in a shallow pan of hot water.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees until the tip of a knife inserted in the center of the custard comes out clean (50-60 minutes). Do not overcook. Eat warm or refrigerate for later.


  • An additional egg can be added during step #1.

Source: Eating Right is Basic, Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Service, Nutrition Education Program

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup, 1/4 of recipe (81g)



Total Calories


Total Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g


48 mg


44 mg


9 g

Dietary Fiber

0 g

Total Sugars

9 g

Added Sugars included

6 g


4 g

Vitamin D

1 mcg


82 mg


0 mg


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