The Basics about Baked Custards and Puddings

Baked custards are a sweetened mixture of milk, eggs and flavoring. They can be baked individually in custard cups or in one large baking dish. They are usually baked in a water bath to help ensure gentle and even baking.

Custards are done when a knife inserted about halfway to the center comes out clean and the top looks set.

To unmold a cooled custard, carefully run a knife around the edge of dish to loosen. If possible, lift the bottom edge of the custard with the tip of the knife blade to loosen. Place a serving dish over the top of the baking dish. Invert and remove custard dish.

Bread puddings are made with cubes or slices of bread baked in a custard mixture. They can be enriched with fruits, nuts, chocolate and spices. Bread puddings are served warm or cold and may be accompanied by a sauce. Bread puddings are done when a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Rice puddings are made with cooked rice, a custard mixture, flavoring and spices. They can be served warm or cold. Rice puddings are done when a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Store baked custard and puddings in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.