Thanksgiving Recipes


Boiled Custard

Boiled Custard

Smooth, soft, creamy custard, you can almost taste it just thinking about it. Custard is one of the ultimate choices in comfort food. Many moms serve up all the comfort they can at Thanksgiving dinner. We have a fabulous boiled custard recipe to share with you.

Types of Custard

There are three basic variations of custard that are popular. There is frozen custard, baked custard, and boiled custard. While frozen custard is smooth, creamy, and amazing on a hot day, it is not the custard we are referring to in this article.

Baked custard is also soft, smooth, and creamy and is often served at Thanksgiving dinner. A form of baked custard is actually popular in many different places around the world. In South Africa, it is known as milk tart. South Africans adore their baked milk tart and make it available in almost every market. Southeast Asia also has a baked custard variation called egg tart. While the bakery confection is not consumed much by the Thai people, the foreigners are very happy to have a little taste of home.

Boiled custard or proper custard as the English refer to the confectionary delight is our choice for custard this year. Our quick and straightforward to make recipe will be a hit with your family and friends. Serving boiled custard up in a unique bowl is a popular way to dish up the yummy pudding. By just adding a few more minutes, a couple of ingredients that you may have on hand, you can make this comfort food look fabulous. How can we take this simple custard and make a spectacular presentation?

Spectacular Custard Serving Ideas

Custard is a very versatile type of pudding dessert. There are literally endless possibilities of delicious desserts that you can make with this simple yet satisfying pudding. One of our favorite ways to serve custard is by using it in a trifle.

Trifles are easy to make and look impressive. Now, it is time to put on the creative thinking cap and explore the different variations to layer with your custard. Let us get you started with a delicious trifle idea.

Almond Joy Trifle is a Crowd-pleaser

Immediately after removing your custard from the stovetop, take about half of the pudding and add a handful of premium dark chocolate or milk chocolate pieces. Stir until all the chocolate is completely dissolved. Now you have created a premium chocolate custard. With the remaining custard, add about a cup of shredded coconut and mix well.

Almond Joy has nuts, so toast about one cup of almonds. You need a cake layer to give the trifle a better structure. What do you have on hand? Vanilla wafers, shortbread that isn't so beautiful, leftover cake, french vanilla pound cake, brownies that are getting crispy around the edges, or whatever else you might have handy to use as your cake layer. Next, whip-up some stabilized whipping cream.

Now it is time to layer. Set all of your ingredients in front of your glass bowl. It is time to choose a pattern to layer your ingredients. It is best to put contrasting colors next to each other. So you may choose to layer your trifle like this:

  • Chocolate custard
  • Whipping cream
  • Cake
  • Chocolate custard
  • Custard with shredded coconut
  • Toasted almonds
  • Cake
  • Whipping cream

Then top your trifle with a circle of chocolate custard in the center with whipped cream and toasted almonds. This is a fabulous custard dessert!

Look around what do you have that you could use to create a custard dessert? Gather your ideas and ingredients and make your Boiled custard recipe. You are just minutes away from creating a fabulous custard.

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Boiled Custard

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  • Author: MomsWhoThink


  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 quarts milk
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Cream together the eggs and sugar. Fill the lower pan of a double boiler ⅓ full of water, and bring to a low boil.
  2. In the top of the double boiler add the creamed mixture, milk and salt; stir until mixture thickens and coats a spoon.
  3. Serve warm or chilled.
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