Amish Egg Custard Recipe
Baked egg custard is comfort food that's been around for generations. And eating this old-fashioned Amish egg custard will make you feel like you're at grandma's house again.
It's a slightly sweet, creamy, and smooth custard that's great for breakfast, dessert, or snack anytime.
And this Amish custard recipe makes a large batch, so you'll have enough to enjoy for several days or to feed a crowd.
Old-Fashioned Egg Custard
What is egg custard?
Custard is a culinary preparation made by blending eggs with sweetened milk or cream. It's usually thickened with eggs, cornstarch, flour, or gelatin. Depending on the recipe, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce to the thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs.
Egg custard consists of a higher ratio of eggs to milk. It is thickened by the coagulation of the egg proteins, which is achieved by gently heating the custard.
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Baked Egg Custard
You can bake egg custard in several different ways, and it's fun to bake it in little individual ramekins that are placed in a water bath.
However, this Amish egg custard recipe makes a large batch. So you would need a lot of ramekins to bake it in. Therefore, we take the easy route and bake this creamy egg custard in a 9x13" metal pan. (It's important to use a metal pan.)
And you don't have to bake it in a water bath. For this custard recipe, we bake it at a high temperature for a few minutes and then let it sit in the oven as it cools. It comes out smooth and creamy every time.
Recipes To Use Up Eggs (Whole Egg Custard)
This traditional egg custard is made with whole eggs. So if you have a lot of eggs on hand, here's a good recipe to use them up.
A lot of Amish families raise at least a few chickens to give them a supply of fresh eggs. And if you've ever had the privilege to raise chickens, you'll know that at certain times of the year they lay more eggs than others.
I have several hens, and sometimes they'll lay more eggs than what our family can eat. So I look for recipes to use up my over-abundance of eggs.
I make this recipe for egg custard or deviled eggs. They're both great ways to use up a lot of eggs.
If I have too many whites, I'll make this delicious Angel Food Cake. Or if I have too many yolks, I'll make Amish Peanut Butter Cream Pies.
There are lots of ways to use up extra eggs and make delicious food your family will enjoy.
Easy Egg Custard Recipe
This homemade egg custard is very easy to make. Simply scald the milk (Scalding the milk helps to create a smoother consistency) and add the remaining ingredients.
Pour it into a 9x13" metal pan and bake for 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave it set in the oven for several hours until the oven has cooled.
I recommend setting a timer for about 3 hours later to remind you to remove the custard and place it in the refrigerator. (Once I forgot about my egg custard and left it sitting in the oven overnight.) So if you think you might forget, set yourself a reminder.
More Amish Recipes Using Eggs
Amish Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
Vanilla Cornstarch Pudding Recipe
Amish Pumpkin Custard Pie Recipe
Egg Custard (Amish Custard Recipe)
- 8 c. whole milk
- 12 large eggs
- 1 c. white sugar
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 475°.
- Pour the milk into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to almost boiling. (Unless you stir constantly, a skin will form on the top, but it can easily be removed.)8 c. whole milk
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add the sugars, flour, and salt. Beat well.12 large eggs, 1 c. white sugar, 3/4 c. brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp. salt
- Add about a cup of the hot milk to the egg mixture to temper it. Slowly add the egg mixture to the milk, whisking as you are pouring it in. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.1 tsp. vanilla
- Immediately pour the custard mixture into a 9 x 13" metal pan. Do not use a glass pan!
- Sprinkle the top of the custard with cinnamon and nutmeg, as desired.cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste
- Bake the custard for 3 minutes at 475°. Turn off the heat and let the custard sit in the oven until the oven is cool. (At least 2 hours.)
- Remove the custard from the oven and refrigerate for up to a week.
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This looks easy and delicious! I see other recipes you have posted but wondered if you have one for cinnamon buns
I have a sticky buns recipe... https://amish-heritage.org/amish-sticky-buns-recipe/
And just an FYI, if you're ever looking for a recipe on my site, there is a magnifying glass/search bar on my page. If you type in what you are looking for, it should pull it up if I have it.
Can this recipe be halved? I guess I will find out, as I live alone and want to try it today!
I hope it worked out for you. I wouldn't see any reason why that should not work.
I made this tonight and it was delicious. Thank you. I reduced the sugar to half cup each of white and brown, but did add a little grating of jaggery (Indian sugar). Since I didn't have the right sized metal pan, I used a trusted metal (greased with butter) and a glass pan (un buttered). The glass pan version turned out cracked and broken on top, but still delicious. The metal pan turned out even, non cracked. To those that ask about the flour, trust me, it stops it from being too watery. Use something equivalent if you don't want to use flour. My new favourite recipe. Now to work on getting a crust on the top.
Thank you for the comment.
Just made it … delicious but I think the instruction “beat the eggs until light” is a bit misleading … I beat the eggs using the kitchenaid until pale - they fluffed up lots … which then made the mix too big for the pan - but when it was baked, it flattened down lots. So I’m would say, just mix the eggs with a fork/whisk until the yolks are broken up … no need for a beater!!
Mine also turned out rather beige!!! The brown sugar made it - brown! I would perhaps make again without the brown sugar to keep the pretty egg colour.
It was very quick to create and baked perfectly. I also made a half quantity as I did not have enough milk.
The texture reminds me of a créme caramel - but without the extra caramel sweetness and therefore much more to my liking! We ate it immediately after 2 hours in the ove and it was warm, delicious and perfectly set. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thank you for your feedback.
Just made this today, and the flavor was great! I have some amazing super smooth and creamy bites and some scrambled spots. What might need to be adjust to avoid the scrambled curdy texture?
I would assume that a curdy texture has something to do with pouring the eggs into the hot milk. Did you temper it by adding some hot milk to the eggs first before adding them to the pot. It's important to add hot milk slowly and whisk while adding so that it gets mixed in before it has a chance to cook the eggs. And the same when adding the tempered eggs to the hot milk, pour them in slowly while whisking. Eggs cook very quickly when they hit hot milk, so the goal is to make sure they gets mixed in quickly before they can get cooked.
I'm sorry it didn't turn out for you! Better luck next time.
Can it be made without the added flour?
I haven't tried it without the flour, but it's so little bit that I really don't think it would matter to leave it out. The eggs are what thickens it. Although, the flour might help prevent it from getting watery on the bottom.
Flour stops it from getting wet or watery. Use it.
I haven't tried this yet but it sounds delicious I was wondering if you could use this custard to make a pie or if that's a different kind?
I've never tried making a pie with egg custard. I suppose you could, but you'd have to use a pre-baked crust. I'd probably use a recipe that's specifically for pie.
Can this be canned as well?
I've never tried it, and I've never heard of canning egg custard. So, I don't know. Sorry!
My first batch is in the oven, and I am ready to rate it!! I have looked for a non-water-bath recipe, as my German grandmother made excellent custard, and was not able to lift a water bath pan in her later years. I have no record of her method, so I am really excited about this, made in a pan and using a dozen eggs! Thank you!
You're welcome! I hope you're enjoying it.
Yes! This recipe is wonderful! I will continue to use it, and can see it being a great gift for anyone, when a homemade treat is needed! Excellent!
Fantastic! Thank you! The BEST egg custard recipe ever! In the past, I have ruined many batches and this recipe solves all of the issues- no water bath, no risk if cooking too fast, not wet & watery - perfect every time!
I'm so glad you are enjoying it!
Ohhh my GOODNESS!!!!! If you want good recipes that EVERYONE is going to love, look no further. This custard was beyond AMAZING and I can't wait to try more recipes this summer and all year long.
This is the best of the best comfort food. I wish that I could take a vacation and spend a week in an Amish kitchen learning from these wonderful ladies, not only about food, but about their beautiful culture. Having access to these recipes is a blessing to me and my family. Thank you Anna for taking the time to create this blog and share you're family recipes.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the kind comment.
Made this and I loved it. My husband and I finished it in 2.5 days!!! So easy!!
So glad you enjoyed it!
I'm egg-cited to make this! I grew up and still line in Lancaster County and just happened to find your page awhile back when I was looking for a TRUE shoofly pie recipe. I love that you're sharing recipes you grew up with and I enjoyed reading your personal story. Everyone's is different (Amish or not!). I haven't had much interaction with the Amish in Lancaster as I usually don't see them around in the context you'd strike up a conversation with. Usually just passing by on scooters/buggies/etc. There are several Amish greenhouses I go to, though, as well as Mennonite. Thanks again for sharing your fav foods 🙂
I'm glad that you're here!