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Get-Well Custard

Whenever a friend or relative was ailing, my mother-in-law would bake some fresh custard and take it along when she visited. Because she brought folks this special treat so often, our family began calling it "get-well" custard!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, heat milk until bubbles form around sides of pan; remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and salt until blended but not foamy. Slowly stir in hot milk. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour egg mixture through a strainer into a 1-1/2-qt. round baking dish; sprinkle with nutmeg. Place round baking dish in a larger baking pan. Place pan on oven rack; add very hot water to pan to within 1/2 in. of top of round baking dish. Bake until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 55-60 minutes. Centers will be soft and jiggle even after chilling. Remove baking dish from water bath immediately to a wire rack; cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 129 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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