Monday, March 30, 2009

A Custard Recipe & 10 Ways To Use It

This is my mother's Banana Pudding Recipe. As you can see, it's been around and back and well loved. Contained within this page is one of the best gifts she ever gave me. It's her custard recipe and it is incredibly useful. Here it is without the butter stains and drips:

Heat up 2.5 cups milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Sift together 1 1/4 c. sugar and 2 rounded tbsp. flour and add to milk. Separate 3 egg yolks and add to 1/2 c. milk and mix. Add to sugar and milk mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Keep stirring and turn off heat until mixture thickens. Add 2 tbsp. butter and 1 tsp. vanilla and mix.

Voila! Custard! You will never open a boxed pudding again. This makes enough for a 9 inch pie. So here's how I use it:
  1. Plain custard. In a bowl. By itself. Or straight out of the pan.
  2. In the afforementioned banana pudding.
  3. As a coconut pie by adding coconut. Simple.
  4. In a trifle with pound or angel food cake and any number of additions.
  5. As a Boston Cream Pie filling.
  6. As a lemon or lime custard with juice of two lemons and zest of one.
  7. With rice and a little nutmeg and raisins for rice pudding.
  8. As a filling for crepes with fruit or a drizzle of nutella.
  9. Tiramisu. Soak some ladyfingers in liquor, layer with custard and grate chocolate over the top.
  10. As a filling for cream puffs and eclairs.

So there you have it. Master this recipe and any number of desserts are at your beck and call at a moment's notice. Enjoy!


Sonya said...

Mmmmmm...thanks for posting the recipe! Don't you just love dog-eared old recipes? Heartwarming.

Frugal Maven said...

I know! There's something about remembering all the times you've made that recipe. Some of my mom's are falling apart now from use and age. I need to make a book of them.
Thanks for the comments!

Treehouse Chef said...

OMGness! are you really sharing the famous Corrine's custard recipe? I will print this out and treasure it. I know she is the Culinary Queen of Lawrenceburg. Thanks for the tips on how you use it, that will come in handy.

Robynn's Ravings said...

OMGOSH that sounds delicious! Ever have one of those why-didn't-I-ever-think-about-making-pudding-any-other-way-but-a-box moments? Just had one and I LOVE all the variations. Mmmmmmmm.

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