Egg custard pudding was my most favorite treat growing up. I usually made a couple of bowls a week at my Grandparent’s house (they lived not far down the road) and my Grandfather, also a huge egg custard fan, and I would happily wolf it down together while watching baseball on his rabbit-eared black and white TV.
Egg custard was basically the only thing I could cook in my teenage years and it didn’t really get much better until I had kids!
The reason I determined to learn how to make this one dish at such an early age was my nearly constant craving for eggs growing up. I have no idea why I craved eggs so much – I don’t crave them at all anymore probably because I get so many good fats elsewhere in my diet. I especially craved eggs during my early teenage years, likely because the wholesome fats in the yolk provided such excellent nourishment at such a fast growing and hormonally charged time of life.
Egg custard is easy to make and very nourishing. In my opinion, it is a great first dish to teach your children (along with scrambled eggs). When you skip the white sugar that is included in most versions and substitute Grade B maple syrup instead, the flavor even resembles flan!
If your children are tween age and up and still haven’t shown much interest in cooking, haul them into the kitchen and show them how to whip up a bowl of egg custard. Be sure to serve with a spoonful of homemade whipped cream on top. You just might spawn another egg custard junkie!
Homemade Egg Custard
While this egg custard recipe uses dairy milk, there are many ways to make nondairy pudding if you prefer. Here are some recipes to consider.
Classic Egg Custard Recipe
An easy, traditional recipe for egg custard pudding that will delight both young and old with its rich flavor and easy digestibility.
Crack eggs into a medium sized glass bowl (I use this one) and whip.
Add salt and vanilla and mix well. Blend in maple syrup and milk with a whisk.
Bake egg custard in the same mixing bowl at 400 F/204 C for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly on top and a knife inserted at the center of the bowl comes out clean.
Egg custard is delicious served warm or cold with a bit if nutmeg sprinkled on top!
Refrigerate any egg custard leftovers. They will last about a week.
Goat or cow milk both work well in this recipe. You may also substitute whole coconut milk if desired for a dairy free version.
If you wish to use duck eggs instead of chicken eggs, use 4 instead of 6 eggs. Duck eggs are quite a bit larger than chicken eggs.
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