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Custard Sauce

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Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


about 8-1/2 cups

This recipe has been in the family for generations. I'm not surprised at its popularity, because it can be used in a variety of ways. We especially like it served over pound cake and gingerbread or simply topped with fresh strawberries.


  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, cook and stir milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Stir in a small amount of hot milk mixture into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat a metal spoon.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times. Transfer to a bowl; press a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap on top of custard. Refrigerate. Serve over gingerbread or pound cake.

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