Don’t we live in a beautiful place? We feel particularly grateful lately. The sun is out, the plum tree is in bloom, and the chickens are finally laying! We’re flush with eggs! Here we suddenly find ourselves in the sweet season of plenty. (We’re helped this time, by circumstances – our Heyday Egg subscription has overlapped with this onset of eggs from our own chickens.) Custards, puddings, pasta, and yes, even brioche have been happening in our kitchen lately.
Here’s a recipe that’s one of our favorites. Served to a neighbor recently, she labeled it “fancy,” but really it’s extremely simple. This custard is quick to make up, allows you enough time to shower while it’s baking in the oven, and, in our household, is child approved 100% of the time. We began with the recipe in The Breakfast Book and adapted it to our own taste. Hope that you enjoy it too! Here’s wishing you many eggs and a happy spring time!
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. cream
2 tbls. maple syrup
dash of salt
unsalted butter, room temperature (for preparing ramekins)
- Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare four 1/2 c. ramekins by buttering the insides generously with your fingers. Set a tea pot of water on to boil.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk milk, cream, eggs, maple syrup, and salt together. (Or, alternatively, pulse with the immersion blender a few times.)
- Pour egg mixture into the buttered ramekins. Place ramekins in a 9 x 9 glass pan.
- Fill pan with boiling water until it reaches halfway up the ramekins.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Serve in ramekin or unmolded onto plate.
- This recipe easily reduces for two eaters (or even one.)
- Adjust maple to your own taste. Maybe you like it sweeter?
- Want to try a savory custard? (It’s a great way to sneak veggies past a sneaky eater, but you didn’t hear that from me.)
- Of course, this is much better with a little Hitchcock bacon sprinkled on top.