Southern Boiled Custard

Southern Boiled Custard


"A wonderful winter beverage that is part custard, and part heaven. Don't be afraid to try this recipe using almond or rum flavoring instead of the traditional vanilla extract."


servings 216 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 30.8g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 7.9 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 128 mg
  • 43%
  • Sodium:
  • 93 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Into the lower pot of a double boiler, add water. In the upper pot, add milk. Heat through over medium heat.
  2. Beat eggs together until light. Add sugar and mix well. Pour a small portion of hot milk into the eggs and sugar to warm and thin this portion. Pour slowly into hot milk.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly until it will coat a spoon. Do not over cook. Add vanilla extract. Chill in refrigerator before serving.
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  1. 36 Ratings


Yes, in the south this is a beverage. I make this every year around the holidays, it's very traditional. My recipe only uses 4 eggs, which I beat with the sugar to dissolve prior to combining ...

The recipe sounded good, but the "don't overcook" and "coats spoon" statements were vague. I don't live in a region where anyone knows what boiled custard is so this was my hope for the drink I...

Cooking the mixture too high or too long or not "tempering" properly will cause it to taste like scrambled eggs. This is not a is used as an additon to a dessert or as my great aunt u...

This is a nice recipe and is most definitely a drink. Those of us from the south always drink boiled custard around the holidays. I will say I had to make it twice to get it right. The first t...

This is similar to my mother's recipe. Excellent flavor, but a little too sweet for me. Next time I will cut down on the sugar a little, say 3/4 cup per quart of milk. I also add a pinch of co...

I have a friend that grew up in the south and I made this for her this Christmas; she absoutely loved it. I cooked it just a little to long but once I put it in the blender the small chunks dis...

My mother made us make this...every single year at Christmas. The difference from this recipe is rather than add vanilla, she used imitation walnut. Yummy.

OK...This is an awesome boiled custard. It is not a drink...sorry Cathy. If made correctly it is like a sauce the previous reviewer you put over Jell-O or a cake. The recipe is flawl...

I am a 5th generation Southern woman from Mississippi and this recipe is right on it! Yes, this is a beverage of the same consistency as eggnog. Pay attention, they even sell this next to the eg...