Nan's Recipes: Custard


This is as basic as it gets, easy to make and very comforting.
Custard can be breakfast, or dessert when you add a little fruit.

4 cups milk
5 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla

Place 6 or 8 custard cups in a 11 x 13 baking pan. Fill the pan around the cups half-way up with water. Heat oven to 325.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, then add the sugar and a cup or two of milk and whisk. Add the vanilla, the pinch of salt and the rest of the milk and whisk until combined.
Sieve into custard cups. (This is easier if you sieve in batches into a big glass measuring cup and pour, instead pouring from the mixing bowl.) Optional: Grate a little nutmeg over the tops.
Bake until the custard is set and the tops are lightly browned, about an hour. Cool in the baking pan, then refrigerate.

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