Simple Egg Custard

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Egg custard has been made and changed for many centuries. There are many variations such as flan, crème brûlée, and countless others. Many of these require different techniques and equipment. However, this instructable will show you how to make your own egg custard that is as good or even better than the ones you find in classy restaurants. 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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To make this delicious recipe you will need:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk (NOT heavy cream)
  • 3 tablespoon of sugar (plus 1 1/2 table spoon to make the caramelized sugar)
  • Enough water to fill the pot that you're going to steam the custard in

Step 2: Whisking the Egg

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Crack the 3 eggs into the bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended. Whisk in the sugar afterward.

Step 3: Making the Custard

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Add the milk to the egg and sugar mixture and whisk evenly. Make sure there are no clumps and that the mixture is smooth.

Step 4: Adding the Carmelized Sugar

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Fill the pot you're going to use to steam the custard halfway with water. Place a wire rack in the pot and place the bowls you're going to use in the pot (make sure they can withstand heat).
Pour the sugar into a small saucepan and turn the heat on high. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Keep stirring the sugar until it turns brown. Quickly pour the sugar in each of the bowls you have prepared.

Step 5: Steam and Finish!

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Pour the egg mixture on top of the caramelized sugar cover the pot and turn the heat on high. Once the water in the pot boils, turn down the heat to low. The total cook time should be about 50 minutes. Be careful when removing the bowls once the custard is done. Run a knife around the inside perimeter of the bowl and flip over on a plate. Decorate, cut, and serve!
I have this in the pan right now, so I'm hoping it turns out well! It's my first attempt at a custard and my first try at caramel, so hooray!
jen7714 (author)  madpiratebippy1 year ago
Awesome! Thanks for trying out the recipe!
shadow47424 years ago
i did exactly as you said the in instrutable, and the custard never even hardend. i put the temp on high afterwards, still didnt come out even resulted to sticking the bouls in the water and it still didnt come out.
Try heating the milk to a small boil first... similar to the way you make custard pie. Then whisk the beaten eggs into the milk and pour into your bowls. This worked for me the second time. Also, you may have used smaller eggs. Try using less milk if you use small eggs. They are what gives the set up of the custard.
jen7714 (author)  shadow47424 years ago
Did you steam the custard long enough? This does take a while to cook. How exactly did you prepare your pan? I used a wire rack on the bottom. I hope I can help.
LaLasha4 years ago
try a pressure cooker it cut the cook time down to about 15 min
jen7714 (author)  LaLasha4 years ago
Cool idea! I've never tried that but thanks for the tip :)
canida4 years ago
Wow, that looks delicious!
jen7714 (author)  canida4 years ago
Thank you!