Easy Old-Fashioned Baked Custard

Baked custard with nutmeg topping in fluted ramekins and garnished with raspberries and mint leaves

The Spruce Eats / Sonia Bozzo

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
155 Calories
5g Fat
21g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 242mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Baked egg custard is a comforting recipe that has been around for generations. It requires few ingredients and is easy to put together, making for the ideal last-minute dessert idea. This version is made with the classic sprinkling of grated nutmeg, adding a nice bit of color and a hint of spice.

Topped with a few berries and a sprig of mint, this simple recipe takes on an elegant appearance. Serve hot, cold, or room temperature.


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"This silky custard has the lovely texture of flan, but without the burnt sugar syrup. It’s lightly sweetened, almost like French toast without the toast. I could see having this for breakfast or dessert. It took no time to whisk it up and pop in the oven and the nutmeg makes it extra comforting." —Danielle Centoni

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  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • Pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated if possible

  • Hot water, for baking custards

  • Fresh raspberries, garnish

  • Mint leaves, garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for baked custard with nutmeg topping recipe gathered

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  2. Heat the oven to 325 F. Place four 6-ounce custard cups (ramekins) in a large baking pan. 

    Four ramekins placed in a large baking pan

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  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, and sugar.

    Milk and eggs whisked until smooth and foamy in a bowl

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  4. Divide the custard mixture evenly among the custard cups.

    Custard mixture evenly distributed among four ramekins

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  5. Fill the pan with hot water to a depth almost even to the top of the custard cups. Sprinkle each serving with nutmeg.

    Custard in ramekins sprinkled with nutmeg and surrounded by hot water

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 55 minutes (depending on the depth of the baking dish), or until the custard is set. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean, and the custard should still have a slight jiggle in the center.

    Lightly browned baked custard in ramekins on a baking sheet

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  7. Garnish with raspberries and mint, if desired. Serve immediately or chill until cold. Enjoy.

    Baked custard topped with nutmeg and garnished with raspberries and mint

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  • Don't skip the step of cooking this custard in a bain marie; it creates a gentle heat around the custards and results in a uniform cooking process, preventing the eggs from curdling.
  • If you want a thicker custard, you can use 3 eggs instead of 2.
  • Some recipes call for warming or scalding the milk before adding it to the other ingredients, which makes for a smoother texture. If you do this, slowly add just 1 cup of the hot milk to the eggs to temper the mixture and prevent the eggs from cooking.