Baked Custard for #SundaySupper

by Renee on February 9, 2014

Baked Custard | Magnolia Days

Valentine’s Day is for couples. There is no surprise in that statement. Flowers, cards, and special meals for two are big elements in the celebration. It’s easy to get flowers and cards. The special meal for two can be a little challenging. Going out can mean dining at a crowded restaurant and ordering from an over-priced and limited special occasion menu. An intimate meal at home is a great alternative. The question is what to make for your special someone. I’ll make baked custard for my sweetheart.

Why am I making baked custard? My husband really enjoys pudding, custard, flan, whipped cream, and any creamy dessert. I knew he would like vanilla over any other custard flavors. There is a touch a nutmeg and I gave it a very light touch to go with his taste preferences. It’s very easy to make and the result is a silky smooth custard that is both elegant and comforting.

Baked Custard | Magnolia Days

Cooking for two can be a challenge. So many recipes and food items are for four or more. I’ve had to be very creative over the years to cook for two and not be wasteful in the process. I was very excited when the Sunday Supper Valentine’s For Two event was announced. Now there is a great resource of recipes for two here in this post. Scroll down to see the list and links to each one. Big thanks to Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen for hosting the event.

Baked Custard | Magnolia Days

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate by going out or staying at home? We prefer to stay home and away from the crowds. I’m planning an easy meal of spinach salad with warm bacon dressing and baked custard for dessert. Or perhaps I’ll make one of the recipes below. They all sound so good. Join me in checking out each one.

Baked Custard

1 hour

Makes 2 servings

Baked Custard

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place two 10-ounce ramekins in an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish.

Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it barely reaches a simmer.

While the milk is heating, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and a dash of nutmeg.

Very gradually add heated milk whisking constantly while adding. Do not pour in all the milk at once or it will cook/scramble the eggs.

Divide the mixture equally in the ramekins. If foamy on top, use a spoon to skim off the foam.

Lightly sprinkle tops with nutmeg.

Pour hot water into the baking dish to a depth of 1 inch.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove custard cups from water and cool to room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate to chill thoroughly.

Notes

Time stated does not include cooling and chilling.

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living Cookbook for Two published in 1981 (no longer in print).

Are you making plans for Valentine’s Day? Get out your pen and paper to make a shopping list. Then get to clicking on these recipes and find ones to make for your sweetheart.

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The Ninja Baker February 9, 2014 at 2:45 am

You truly are treating your sweetheart with a scrumptious Valentine’s Day supper….You wouldn’t be open to extra company, would you? Tee hee.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

I’m always open for extra company. You are welcome at my home anytime Kim. The more the merrier!

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Liz February 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

Oh, yeah! This would disappear in a flash at my house! I think I’d need at least a double batch :)

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

Next time I’ll have to make a double batch. My husband was looking for more and I think was disappointed there were only two. He ate his and half of mine.

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Shaina February 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

Such a simple dessert, but perfect for a romantic dinner for two!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

Thanks Shaina. And it did make for a nice ending to a romantic dinner.

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Nicole February 9, 2014 at 8:36 am

This looks fabulous, oh my! So pretty and I love those plates!!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

Thanks Nicole! The plates just seems to work so nicely with the custard ramekins.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom February 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

Renee,
This baked custard is so pretty and looks delicious!!! We never go out on Valentine’s Day but this year, we are going out with a group of people and my sister and her husband. . so I’m really looking forward to it! And I’ve got to make this baked custard!!! looks so good!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

Thanks Alice. A group Valentine’s outing sounds fun.

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Anne@FromMySweetHeart February 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

Oh I love custard in any flavor, Renee. And with that hint of nutmeg, these sound just delightful! What a great recipe that this will serve two. Perfect ending to any special dinner! (I love your pretty plates!)

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

Thanks! I got those plates at either HomeGoods or Marshalls. I see them there occasionally so you maybe could find some too.

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Becca from ItsYummi February 9, 2014 at 9:27 am

Renee, I LOVE custard, and yours is pretty as they come! Great job!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

Thank you so much Becca

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

I have never made custard, but I so want too! This is just beautiful!!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

Thanks Jennifer and you should make custard. And I’m sure you will find a way to lighten it up too.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

Nutmeg is a great touch to the vanilla flavor. This is gorgeous.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

Thanks and I even grate my nutmeg instead of using the pre-ground stuff. I think it has much better flavor.

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Jennifer February 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

Baked custard –yes please! This is beautiful!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

Thanks Jennifer

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Jean | DelightfulRepast.com February 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

Renee, my father loved baked custard so much he probably would have hung one of your beautiful custard photos on his wall! Gorgeous! I started making it when I was about 13, and I’m still not tired of it.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

Oh my, what a wonderful compliment. I don’t think I would ever get tired of custard either. So simple and comforting.

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Katy February 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

These are just beautiful baked custards – I love the addition of nutmeg and the fresh raspberries just make them pop with colour. Gorgeous!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

Thanks Katy and yes those raspberries are such a nice vivid color pop.

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Nichole C February 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I have never made a custard, and it seems so easy! I’ll have to make it

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

It is easy! Stir, whisk, and bake.

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Stacy February 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Those are gorgeous with their sprinkling of nutmeg, Renee. I love the contrast between the creamy custard and those bright red raspberries. My husband would love these too!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

I think raspberries are such a great accent to desserts. The color and flavor just pops.

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Laura Dembowski February 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Desserts for two are especially challenging to make, but you have made quite an elegant and impressive one here!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

Thanks. It is a challenge to make desserts for two. So many are for big batches or cakes.

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Tara February 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

So pretty looking and perfect for Valentine’s Day, a real treat!!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

Thanks Tara and I appreciate the kind words

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts February 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Very elegant. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

Thanks DB and I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day with Mrs. Stuntman

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm

aww you’re such a good wifey! This baked custard looks beautiful and perfectly delicious and I’m sure your hubs agrees!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

Yes, my hubs agrees and ate his and half of mine too.

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Shannon R February 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

So beautiful! This is something that is sure to please your love!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

Thank you Shannon

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals February 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I’ve always wanted to make a custard before, V-Day is a great reason to make one……..well two that is!! Thanks for sharing!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

Thank you Tammi and Valentine’s Day or any day is a great reason to make custard.

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Cheryl February 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I adore custards! I have never made one at home because they have always seemed so complicated. You have made this one seem so simple and elegant, and it has ingredients that I can both afford and that are simple to find. Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope you and your sweetie have a wonderful LUCIOUS VDay! HUGS

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

Thanks and hugs to you Cheryl

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Manu February 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

This is my kind of dessert! I love desserts that you can eat with a spoon… creamy and delicious! YUM!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

Thanks Manu. I’m also a fan of desserts eaten with a spoon. There is something about the creaminess that is so nice.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings February 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Making something you guy (or gal) loves for Valentine’s Day is what it is all about!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

I completely agree with you Cindy

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Laura February 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

Not only does this sound delicious but it looks gorgeous. A perfect addition to a romantic meal

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thanks so much Laura

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Alida February 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

My mom used to make custard all the time when we were kids. I love this recipe! I will be making this special treat for my little guy this Valentine’s Day :)

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

My parents made pudding more than custard. I hope your little guy will enjoy the custard when you make it for him.

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) February 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

I always think of my dad when I think of custard… it’s his favourite

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

So glad this made you think of your dad. I hope it made you smile too.

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Anita at Hungry Couple February 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

This sounds completely yummy! We always stay in, too, and cook up something special.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

Going out for Valentine’s Day is such a hassle. I’d rather stay home and make something special.

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Jaime February 12, 2014 at 6:15 am

So so pretty and baked to absolute perfection!!! xx

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

Thanks Jamie. I appreciate the kind words.

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Carla February 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Oh this looks like a great option when I need a non-chocolate dessert for two.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

It sure is a great non-chocolate dessert.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

Love the simple elegance, Renee!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

Thanks Brianne and also think simple things like custard can be elegant.

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