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A Taste of Amish Comfort

A Taste of Amish Comfort: Creamy Vanilla Custard

A Taste of Amish Comfort

For many, vanilla represents the essence of pure comfort and sweetness. While chocolate may hold a special place in some hearts, there's something undeniably delightful about the simplicity and versatility of vanilla. This sentiment is perfectly captured in Amish Baked Custard, a timeless dessert that celebrates the pure flavor of vanilla in a creamy and comforting way.


This Amish recipe embodies the beauty of simplicity, requiring just a handful of readily available ingredients:1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (a pantry staple)

  • 4 cups boiling water (heating water while prepping other ingredients saves time)
  • 6 large eggs (room temperature for even mixing)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (pure vanilla for the best flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (balances the sweetness)
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated for the most potent aroma, optional garnish)


The beauty of Amish Baked Custard lies in its straightforward process. Here's how to create your own bowl of creamy comfort:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (175°C) to ensure even baking.
  2. Warm Milk Bath: In a large glass or metal bowl, combine the can of sweetened condensed milk with the boiling water. Stir until the condensed milk is fully dissolved.
  3. Whisking Up the Eggs: In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy. This process incorporates air bubbles, creating a smooth and airy texture in the custard.
  4. Tempering the Eggs: To prevent curdling, slowly whisk a small amount of the warm milk mixture into the beaten eggs. Once incorporated, gradually whisk the remaining milk mixture into the eggs, ensuring everything is well combined.
  5. Flavorful Touches: Stir in the vanilla extract and salt until fully incorporated.
  6. Portioning Perfection: Pour the custard mixture into individual ramekins or a 2-quart baking dish. If using ramekins, place them on a baking sheet with high sides for stability.
  7. Creating a Water Bath: To ensure gentle and even baking, carefully pour about ½ inch of hot water into the baking sheet (or baking dish) surrounding the ramekins (or custard).
  8. Baking Bliss: Bake the custard for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. If using a larger baking dish, baking time may increase to 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  9. A Creamy Revelation: Remove the baked custard from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature before chilling. The custard sets further as it chills, resulting in a perfectly creamy texture.

Tips & Tricks for a Heavenly Custard:

  • Temperature Matters: Using room temperature eggs ensures a smooth batter and even baking. Take the chill off your eggs by letting them sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before starting.
  • The Power of Tempering: Slowly adding the hot milk mixture to the eggs prevents them from scrambling or curdling.
  • Water Bath Magic: The water bath creates a gentle and moist baking environment, preventing the custard from drying out or cracking.
  • Fresh is Best: While this recipe is forgiving, using fresh vanilla extract will yield the most flavorful custard.
  • Presentation Perfection: Before serving, sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg over the chilled custard for an added touch of warmth and aroma.

Amish Baked Custard is a testament to the fact that simple ingredients and a straightforward process can result in a truly delightful dessert. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the warmth of your oven, and create a bowl of creamy comfort that will evoke a sense of nostalgia and pure satisfaction.