Baked Vanilla Custard

This is the custard recipe my Dad has made my entire life.  Creamy and delicious!


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 Tbls. vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 C. milk (I used whole milk, my Dad uses 2%)
  • Garnish: sprinkle of nutmeg, sliced berries or fruit, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In saucepan, heat milk to just before scalding.
  4. Whisk milk into egg mixture in small amounts until all milk is incorporated.  Pour the custard into ramekins.
  5. Pour hot water into a large baking pan and set the ramekins into the water bath. Water should come up about half way on ramekin.
  6. Carefully place baking pan with ramekins in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Knife inserted into middle should come out clean.
  7. Sprinkle with nutmeg.  Let cool.  Serve with sliced fruit, if desired.