Southern-Style Soft Custard

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This recipe has been handed down in our family for many years. Custard is one of our favorite desserts for holidays. We also make sure to take it to neighbors and friends when they are ill, since it's very nourishing.


  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sliced pound cake
  • Fresh berries of choice


  1. Beat together eggs, sugar and salt. Scald milk (heat to 180°) and pour slowly over egg mixture. Return mixture to top of double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, and constantly whisk the egg yolks, water and lemon juice until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Mixture will not have the consistency of a firm baked custard. Cool over ice water, stirring occasionally. Add vanilla. If mixture separates, beat with egg beater until smooth. Serve chilled over slice pound cake; top with berries.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 85 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.