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Baked egg custard

Ingredients (serves 4)

3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
450ml cream or half milk, half cream
60g caster sugar
Freshly grated nutmeg, to dust


1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.

2. Beat the whole eggs, egg yolk and vanilla extract together lightly (you don't want them to become too frothy).

3. Place the cream in a pan with the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Heat to just below boiling point then pour onto the eggs and stir to combine. Strain through a sieve into a 1-litre (4-cup) capacity baking dish.

4. Stand in a roasting pan half-filled with hot water. Sprinkle the top with nutmeg. Bake for about 30-35 minutes: it should still wobble slightly.

5. Serve hot, warm or chilled with poached fruits, a dollop of jam or just on its own.

delicious. - April 2002, Page 69
Recipe by Valli Little

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