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Burnt Custard Recipe
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Burnt Custard Recipe

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"The recipe for this smooth-as-silk custard came from a local restaurant years ago," reports Heidi Main of Anchorage, Alaska. With its broiled topping it looks pretty in individual cups.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 6 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 399 calories, 33 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 250 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar. In a small saucepan, heat cream over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. Remove from the heat; stir a small amount of hot cream into egg yolk mixture. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Transfer to six 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups. Place cups in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until centers are just set (mixture will jiggle). Remove ramekins from water bath; cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Broil 8 in. from the heat for 2-4 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Burnt Custard in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p56

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 399 calories, 33 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 250 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

This recipe is essentially for Creme Brûlée and the directions are woefully inaccurate. If followed, what you will get is a complete waste of about 10 dollars worth of ingredients. You need to use 5 egg yolks, not 4, and you need to whisk it for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is a fluffy smooth pale yellow. The cream should really be cut to 1.5 cups and add 1/2 a cup of whole milk, and about 2.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Do not use skim milk or other substitutes for heavy cream. Bring it slowly to a boil over medium heat (you must do this to kill the enzymes in the milk so it will gel) and immediately remove, let it cool for 10 minutes. Go ahead and pour the cream/milk through a strainer, into the sugar/egg mixture, and whisk it one more time until its mixed. Ladel it into shallow dishes, and set in a pan with about 1" of water. Bake it for 30-35 minutes at 320 degrees. Remove the dishes from the water and let cool on the counter for 5-10 minutes, then place in the refrigerator for several hours- it won't gel if you don't. When you are ready to serve, coat the top with the remaining sugar, and just use a propane hand-torch to caramelize the sugar.

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Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

Absolutely delicious. I used 1/2 & 1/2 cream instead of whipping cream. We only refrigerated for an hour, then ate half. Can't wait to make it again.

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

So creamy and smooth. Very good!

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