Easy Old-Fashioned Baked Custard With Nutmeg Topping

Easy old-fashioned baked custard

The Spruce


  • Total: 48 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
141 Calories
7g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 159mg 53%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 8g
Calcium 115mg 9%
*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.)

This easy old-fashioned egg custard is topped with a little ground nutmeg just before baking.

Egg custard is surprisingly comforting for so few ingredients and easy prep. This version is made with the classic topping of grated nutmeg. 


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  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch nutmeg (fresh-grated if possible)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Baked Custard ingredients
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  2. Heat the oven to 325 F.

  3. Place four 6-ounce custard cups in a larger baking pan. 

    four 6-ounce custard cups in a larger baking pa
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  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, salt, and sugar.

    Milk, eggs, salt, and sugar whisked in bowl
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  5. Divide the custard mixture evenly among the custard cups.

    custard mixture in custard cups
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  6. Fill the pan with hot water to a depth almost even to the top of the custard; sprinkle each serving with nutmeg.

    Baked Custard in 4 cups
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  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 to 55 minutes, or until custard is set. This depends on the depth of the baking dish. The custard will still have a slight jiggle in the center; a knife inserted in the center should come out clean.

    Baked Custard topped with nutmeg and raspberries
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  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • Don't skip the step of cooking this custard in a bain marie, as the purpose of a bain-marie is that it creates a gentle heat around the food and results in a uniform cooking process.