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Basic Baked Custard

Basic Baked Custard
The creamy texture of this soft-set custard is so inviting, you could call it comfort food. It has a pleasant vanilla flavor complemented by cinnamon or nutmeg.
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  30-35 minutes
Servings:  6 servings

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Ingredients

3 cups milk
4 EGGS
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
Ground nutmeg OR cinnamon, OPTIONAL

Directions

Step 1 HEAT oven to 350°F. HEAT milk in small saucepan until very hot. Milk should be steaming but not bubbling. Meanwhile BEAT eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in medium bowl until blended but not foamy; slowly stir in hot milk.
Step 2 PLACE six lightly greased 6-oz. custard cups in baking pan large enough to hold cups without touching each other or sides of pan. POUR egg mixture into cups, dividing evenly. SPRINKLE with nutmeg, if desired.
Step 3 PLACE pan on rack in the center of a 350°F oven; pour very hot water into the pan (hot-water bath) to within 1/2 inch of top of cups. BAKE until knife inserted near center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes; center will still be soft. REMOVE cups from water bath at once; cool on wire rack 5 to 10 minutes. SERVE warm or refrigerate until cold.

Insider Info

One-dish custard: Recipe can be baked in lightly greased 1-1/2 qt. soufflé or baking dish. Pour hot water to within 1 inch of top of dish. Increase baking time to 35 to 40 minutes.

No-mess pouring: Make custard in a bowl with a pouring lip, or transfer it to a large glass measure, to make filling custard cups easier and neater.

For perfectly smooth custard: Strain it through a sieve when filling custard cups or baking dish to remove any tough egg strands.

Don't skip the hot-water bath. A hot water bath, or bain-marie, insulates the custard from the direct heat of the oven and promotes even cooking so the edges don't overcook before the center is done. Very hot tap water will do.

When is it done? Baked custard should be removed from the oven (and water bath) before the center is completely set. The center will jiggle slightly when dish or cup is gently shaken. Custard will continue to "cook" after it's removed and center will firm up quickly. Overbaked custard may curdle. The knife test: Test for doneness with a thin-bladed knife. Insert knife about 1 inch from the center of a one-dish custard; midway between center and edge of cups. If knife is clean when pulled out, the custard is done. If any custard clings to the blade, bake a few minutes longer and test again.

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Nutrition Information

Per Serving

Excellent Source: Vitamin D

Good Source: Protein, Calcium and Choline

Calories: 177

Total Fat: 6 g
    Saturated fat: 2 g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g
    Monounsaturated fat: 2 g

Cholesterol: 134 mg
Sodium: 202 mg
Carbohydrates: 23 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 8 g
Vitamin A: 411.8 IU
Vitamin D: 87.1 IU
Folate: 21.8 mcg
Calcium: 165.4 mg
Iron: 0.6 mg
Choline: 103.7 mg

Vitamin C: 0.2 mg
Vitamin E: 0.6 IU
Trans Fat: 0.1 g
Sugars: 23 g
Potassium: 218.7 mg
Magnesium: 18 mg
Selenium: 13.7 mcg
Phosphorus: 178.3 mg
Vitamin B12: 0.9 mcg
Vitamin K: 0.3 mcg
Vitamin B6: 0.1 mg
Copper: 0.03 mg
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin: 0.1 mg
Manganese: 0.03 mg
Zinc: 1 mg
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin: 0.4 mg
Vitamin B3 - Niacin: 0.1 mg
Omega 3: 0.04 g
Omega 6: 0.6 g

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