Caramel Custard

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 40 min.


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 04, 2023
My husband and I have enjoyed this simple custard recipe 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.


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


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, cook and stir 3/4 cup sugar over low heat until melted and golden. Pour into eight 6-oz. custard cups, tilting to coat bottom of each cup; let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar until blended but not foamy. Pour over caramelized sugar.
  3. Place the cups in two 8-in. square baking pans. Pour very hot water in pans to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 350° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.
  4. To unmold, run a knife around rims of cups and invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Facts

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