Caramel Custard Recipe
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Caramel Custard Recipe

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My husband and I have enjoyed this simple dessert many times, especially after a Tex-Mex meal. In fact, I've made it so often I don't even look at the recipe. See if it doesn't become a regular favorite at your house.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 259 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 0g fiber), 8g protein


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, cook and stir 3/4 cup sugar over low heat until sugar is melted and golden. Pour into eight 6-oz. custard cups, tilting to coat bottom of cup; let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar until combined but not foamy. Pour over caramelized sugar.
  3. Place the cups in two 8-in. square baking pans. Pour boiling water in pans to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.
  4. To unmold, run a knife around rim of cup and invert onto dessert place. Serve warm or chilled. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Custard in Country October/November 1993, p47

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"I had trouble with theccaramel sauce solidifying yet i kept to the recipe. I notice this is a common failure with caramelnsauces , any suggestions"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"We raise ducks so I am always looking for main dish and dessert recipes that incorporate eggs. My husband enjoys this dessert. The recipe can easily be halved.

October 3rd is National Caramel Custard Day"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"This was very easy and yummy! It looks like an elegant dessert - thanks!!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013 Edited Jul. 24, 2015

"The best part of this yummy dish is its only four simple ingredients which most people usually have on hand. We make this in our home quite often since its quite simple and taste so good."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009 Edited Jul. 24, 2015

"Back to the reason the comments area is here for. This is a great recipe. Tried it first at home and now it is a staple at our little hometown diner. Thanks for sharing such a great and quick dessert. We also have people that are requesting them for breakfast."

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