Amish Baked Custard

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Custards are a classic dessert that stands out for their smooth texture and rich flavor, primarily derived from a generous use of eggs. Often known as egg custard or Amish custard, this dish is celebrated among the Amish community for its decadent simplicity and scratch-made appeal, though it was once a widespread favorite across America, especially in farming regions where fresh eggs were abundant.

This straightforward recipe guarantees a perfect custard every time. Start by mixing a can of sweetened condensed milk with hot water. To temper the eggs, gradually mix a small amount of the hot milk mixture into beaten eggs, repeating this process a few times before combining everything together. After tempering, enhance the mixture with some vanilla extract.

Pour the final mixture into ramekins or a 2-quart baking dish, depending on your preference for serving. While custard is traditionally topped with whipped cream or berries, a simple sprinkle of nutmeg is often all that’s needed to elevate its natural flavors. Freshly grated nutmeg is recommended for the most aromatic results.

This velvety custard, rich in vanilla and creamy textures, has been a beloved treat for generations. It’s a nostalgic dessert for many, well worth the time spent baking to recreate a cherished memory.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Nutmeg for garnish

Preparation Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk and hot water.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until they are light and fluffy. Temper the eggs by slowly adding some of the hot milk mixture, then fully combine. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Pour the mixture into ramekins placed in a high-sided baking pan or directly into a 2-quart dish. Place ramekins in a water bath or, if using a large dish, place a pan of water on another oven shelf to bake.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted comes out clean. If using a larger baking dish, bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  5. Allow the custard to cool for 1 hour before serving. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve warm, or refrigerate to serve chilled.

This delightful custard, with its smooth texture and rich flavor, is sure to bring a touch of nostalgia and joy to any dessert table.