Grandmother's Boiled Custard

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by highcotton

This recipe has been in our family for at least 4 generations and is an absolute 'must' at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's so sinfully rich that you'll want to serve small amounts in stemmed goblets. It's also a fab base for eggnog during the holidays and for banana pudding all year long! The secret is to be patient and pay close attention so that it doesn't overcook.

Top Review by Jellyqueen

This is a really good recipe. I did have to cook it a little longer than directed, but that may have been because I was afraid I would cook it too hot and probably didn't cook get the water quite hot enough. Great rich creamy flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Break eggs into the top of a double-boiler and beat well with an electric mixer.
  2. Measure sugar and cornstarch into a small mixing bowl, stirring well to combine.
  3. Add sugar mixture, 4 cups of milk and pinch of salt to beaten eggs.
  4. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly; adjust heat if necessary so that water simmers constantly but does not reach a hard boil.
  5. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture turns an even, golden color and begins to thicken slightly (approximately 20 minutes).
  6. Remove top of double-boiler from heat immediately and stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Allow custard to cool slightly, and then check the consistency.
  8. If it is too thick, you may use as much as one additional cup of milk to thin it without compromising the texture or flavor (cold is fine-- no need to heat it first).
  9. If any solid'pips' have formed, pour custard through a mesh strainer to remove.
  10. (That sometimes happens if the heat gets a little too high. Won't hurt you, but they're not very appealing.) This may be served warm or cold, but we much prefer it chilled.

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