Baked Custard Recipe

Baked Custard Recipe:

History and Fun Facts:

Baked custard is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed for centuries. The origins of custard can be traced back to Ancient Rome, where it was known as "crustardus." In medieval times, custard became a popular dish among the upper class, and it was often served at lavish banquets and feasts.

One interesting fact about custard is that it is said to have been a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I of England. She is said to have enjoyed custard so much that she would often have it served to her at multiple meals throughout the day.

Custard has also played a role in American history. It is believed that custard was one of the first desserts made by the Pilgrims when they arrived in America. The simple ingredients, such as eggs, milk, and sugar, would have been readily available to them.

Over the years, various recipes and variations of custard have emerged, including baked custard. The recipe provided below is a delicious interpretation of this classic dessert.


- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons Dr. Price's Baking Powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 pint heavy cream
- 1 quart strawberries


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.

3. Add the egg to the mixture and beat well.

4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sugar and shortening mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix well after each addition.

6. Stir in the vanilla extract.

7. Grease a shallow baking pan and pour the custard batter into it.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Once baked, allow the custard to cool completely.

10. Cut the cooled custard in half horizontally, creating two layers.

11. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

12. In another bowl, crush the strawberries and sweeten them to taste.

13. Spread whipped cream and crushed sweetened strawberries between the layers of custard.

14. Cover the top of the custard with whipped cream and decorate with whole strawberries.

Enjoy the deliciousness of your homemade baked custard!

Similar recipe dishes:

- Crème Brûlée: This French dessert is similar to baked custard, but with a caramelized sugar topping.
- Flan: Popular in Latin American and Spanish cuisine, flan is a type of custard with a caramel glaze.
- Bread pudding: Made with custard-soaked bread, this dessert is a comforting and delicious treat.

These are just a few examples of the many delightful custard-based desserts that can be enjoyed. Feel free to explore and experiment with different flavors and variations to create your own unique custard creations.



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