Growing up in the South, homemade boiled custard was always a part of our holiday tradition. I had never had boiled custard from a carton…thank goodness! That stuff is not good. Bleh. But this boiled custard?!? It’s heavenly. My precious grandmother, Mun (her real name is Susan, but we call her Mun), made this at Christmas and New Years…and that one year when I was a child and asked for it for my birthday in lieu of cake. Yes, as much as I love cake, I opted out and chose this deliciousness.
As much as I’m in the kitchen, I had never attempted to make her homemade boiled custard, but as life moves on you begin to realize that your current reality will not always be as it is, so I did two things:
- I had my grandmother write this recipe on a card in her own handwriting.
- I videoed her making it.
In an age where all I do is look up recipes online, this handwritten recipe card from her is a treasure to me. If my house catches on fire, this will be what I’ll grab. It’s so much more than a recipe to me. It’s who I am. It’s who I want to become. You see, my Mun doesn’t live a loud life. She quietly serves and gives of her time, talents, and resources. She lives and loves well. And I’m the blessed benefactor…and the ironic thing is that everyone who knows her will say the same thing.
Add this boiled custard to your holiday tradition. Your family will love you. It’s love and it’s simple goodness…just like my grandmother.
- 1/2 gallon milk
- 6 egg yolks
- 2 cups sugar
- Large spoon of flour (or cornstarch)
- 1 pint whipping cream
- 1 t. vanilla
- Place milk in a double boiler and heat until it steams.
- Beat egg yolks.
- Combine flour and sugar.
- Add flour and sugar to egg yolks and mix.
- Once the milk is steaming, temper the milk into the egg yolk mixture. Then combine all and stir.
- Simmer on medium high heat and constantly stir for 21 minutes.
- Allow this to cool for 5-10 minutes on the counter and then strain it.
- Place it in the refrigerator until completely cooled.
- Whip your whipping cream and then add to the completely cooled mixture.
- Stir and enjoy!
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