Ol' South Custard

Southern Living
"Our wonderful neighbor Mildred Williams made Ol' South Custard to serve over this masterful dessert," explains Bill.
Makes 5 cups


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1 qt. milk
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt


Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes
Chill Time: 24 Hours

1. Cook milk in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or just until it begins to steam. (Do not boil.) Remove from heat.

2. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients until blended. Gradually whisk 1 cup hot milk into egg mixture; whisk egg mixture into remaining hot milk, stirring constantly.

3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until a thermometer registers between 170° and 180°. (Do not boil.)

4. Remove from heat, and pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm custard to prevent a film from forming on top, and chill at least 24 hours or up to 3 days. Mixture will thicken as it cools.

Created date

October 2006