Baked Apple Custard

"Easy traditional custard with a difference that children like. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (November 1981)"
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Melt butter (or margarine) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple slices and saute for 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 1 minute longer.
  • Reduce heat to low, uncover and let apples cook until light brown (3-5 minutes). Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.
  • Butter 6 custard cups (or butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish).
  • In a bowl, whisk eggs until thick. Add sugar and salt and beat well.
  • Blend in milk (or half and half) and vanilla.
  • Pour custard into prepared custard cups.
  • Set custard cups into large shallow baking pan.
  • Add enough boiling water to pan so water comes up halfway up sides of cups.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in center of custard comes clean. (If using the casserole dish bake for 1 1/2 hours).
  • Remove cups from water and let cool to room temperature.
  • Top each custard with 4 (reserved) overlapping apple slices.
  • Refrigerate until cold or overnight.
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.

Questions & Replies

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  1. jgraef919
    What do I do with the cooked apples? Add them to the egg/milk after mixing or line the bottom of my casserole dish with them before pouring in the custard?


  1. castlouis_12292892
    Made this last night. It was very hard not to eat the entire dish! We had whipped cream on it, and I forgot the extra apples. No, my apples were not perfect slices, they were the last of a bushel, soft, and somewhat bruised. Still, it tasted wonderful, and very creamy. I only had approximately 1/2 cup milk, so most was fat free half & half. This is most definitely a keeper!
  2. FlemishMinx
    Very nice and easy to make dessert. I also baked this in a casserole dish and would recommend that anyone doing so definitely use at least two apples. I used only one, very thinly sliced, and they disintegrated after the first step (my fault), which made it difficult to get a nice even layer on the finished custard. Using two apples and more thickly sliced would prevent this problem, I think. Following Barb Gertz' advice, I also added a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom to the apples-they weren't pretty, but very tasty ! I also used half cream and half milk, and the custard was indeed creamy. Thanks for posting !
  3. Barb G.
    Delicious, so easy to made. Don't let all the steps through you off on making this yummy custard toped with apples. I made it using the cassrole dish took just over 1 hour to bake. Used splenda instead of sugar and sprinkled a little fresh grated nutmeg over the top before baking, also added a little nutmeg & splenda to the apples after cooking. I think cinnamon would also be a good spice to use, will try it next time. Thank you ellie we really enjoyed this recipe.


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