Sunday, March 15, 2009

Grandma's Custard

After my grandmother passed away at the impressive age of 97, I got to thinking about the dishes she made that I remembered most. One of them was custard.

I had never made custard before - well, that's not exactly true, since ice cream starts with a custard base, but I had never made custard as a stand-alone entity before.

I got the recipe from my parents, whose notes said you can make it in the microwave. I'm sure you can, and I'm sure it's good, but I'll stick to the stovetop. The recipe also called for margarine, which will never make its way through my door. Use butter, please.

















This custard is great on its own or sprinkled with berries. You could also use it to fill little cream puffs or eclairs.
My Grandma's Custard

6T flour
2/3 c sugar
1/4 t salt
2 c milk
2 beaten eggs
1 t vanilla
2 t butter

Combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add milk and eggs. Whisk. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly until nicely thick, about 10 minutes.

When thickened, add vanilla and butter. Pour into dishes and cool.
I'm submitting this recipe to Grandma's Recipes, hosted by Laura at The Spiced Life. If you have any of your grandma's favorite recipes, please join in the event!

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15 comments:

Kitt said...

Oh, cute ramekin set!

I love pudding.

Vicki said...

Hey Kitt - It's adorable, isn't it? I don't really do pudding/custards, except for this one. Jello makes me gag :)

Betts said...

That brings back memories of my mother's custard. I haven't had it in years. I think I'll have to try this.

Vicki said...

Hey Betts - It's so easy, and delicious too!

Desco said...

We make grandma's custard all the time. In the microwave. I've never been brave enough to try the same recipe on the stove top, I always figured (though never researched) that her recipe was particular to microwave cooking. Maybe I will try tonight...

Vicki said...

Hey Desco - I think mom's notes to me said that Grandma made it in a double boiler. Don't be chicken, try it the "old-fashioned" way.

finsmom said...

Now you have me craving custard...
Thanks for sharing!

Vicki said...

Hi finsmom - You're welcome, thanks for visiting!

Desco said...

Mom always told me the microwave way...

I just did it on the stove, no double boiler, and stirred with a whisk in one hand and silicone scraper in the other to keep it from burning on the bottom.

tastes... the same...

Vicki said...

Well, there you have it, folks. Use the microwave, it tastes the same according to my brother.

Nuke 1 minute, stir, repeat up to 3 or 4 nuked minutes.

Laura said...

Sorry it took me a while to come check this out! It's been crazy at my house! Anyway this looks fabulous--thanks so much for participating.

Donna-FFW said...

This custard sounds absolutely delicious. I will have to try it, I so enjoy custard. And the best is it sounds so easy!

Vicki said...

Hi Laura - Thanks for hosting a great event!

Hi Donna - Supereasy, especially if you use the microwave method!

Lester and Eliza productions said...

I was really not looking forward to standing by the stove and stirring, but I tried it in the recipe and it worked! Tastes delicious, too. Psychological, I'm sure, but I do wish it was a bit more yellow...

Vicki said...

Hi L & E - Maybe use those superfresh eggs from super-happily-raised chickens, I've heard their yolks are more yellow? Or just some food coloring :) Thanks for stopping by!