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Vanilla Custard Cups

When I was living with my mother, she loved custard,, so I'd make this comforting dessert each week. Without leftovers, there's no chance of getting tired of this treat!—Billie Bohannan, Imperial, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • In a small bowl, beat the egg, milk, brown sugar, vanilla and salt if desired until blended. Pour into two ungreased 6-oz. custard cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Place cups in a 9-in. square baking pan. Fill pan with hot water to a depth of 1 in. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 75 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 milk.

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  • C
    Feb 20, 2021

    I have to say it came out better than I was expecting. The one complaint I have is that there seems to be something pretty off on the timing. It easily took me twice as long to get a proper consistency. My oven is pretty nice and has traditionally been pretty accurate on most recipes. At around 35 minutes all I had was slight surface tension.

  • Deirdre
    Apr 24, 2020

    Cooking time was twice as long as recipe suggested and it’s too sweet. So double the cooking time and half the sugar!

  • Chewatt
    Dec 5, 2018

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  • Aquarelle
    Oct 5, 2016

    My daughter's been suffering from an oogy tummy for the past few days. She has been advised to avoid all spicy or acid food. We still have not gotten to the bottom of what her problem is, but I made this for her tonight (doubled it to make 4 ramekins) and she loved it. I used two extra-large local eggs, a mixture of 2% milk and half-and-half, Penzey's double-strength vanilla extract, and freshly grated nutmeg. It smelled delicious while it was baking.

  • jillanglemyer
    Feb 9, 2013

    I bought very old custard dishes at a secondhand store and searched on-line for a recipe. I always come back to TOH to find the best recipes. This was very easy and good. Thank you!

  • Kris Countryman
    Mar 13, 2012

    This was wonderful and very easy. Perfect for just my husband and me.

  • Mohm
    Apr 3, 2011

    Fantastic recipe! The addition of the brown sugar gave it a taste that made it so much better than other custards I have made before. I will be adding this to my Easter menu.

  • xicota
    May 17, 2010

    Absolutely perfect!! This custard is so simple to prepare, and has a delicate, silken texture and a perfect balance of flavors. The addition of the brown sugar is so much better tasting than white sugar. I used a hand mixer to blend the ingredients---it takes no more than a minute to do this.Until I found this recipe, I had been using a packaged custard mix, which just doesn't compare to "the real deal". Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • Black Spruce
    Mar 2, 2006

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