Grandma’s Custard

I have a love/hate relationship with custard.

My grandma would always make us grandchildren homemade custard when we were sick.  She believed it was easy on the stomach.   And,  I do remember that cool,  luscious custard as giving a  brief  reprieve from whatever ailment I had at the time.  But because we only got custard when we were sick, my memories of this homespun remedy (which was fabulous) are forever mingled with thoughts of chicken pox, the flu, and sniffling winter colds.

Since mom and dad both worked off the farm as well,  many time when we were ailing we got to spend the day at grandma and grandpa’s.  Grandpa would often give up his seat on the coach so grandma could make out a bed for us there.  Then, we would spend the day watching daytime TV with them—the Today Show (with Tom Brokaw,  Jane Pauley and Gene Shalit),  The $20,000 PyramidMatch Game,  the local noon news,  Ryan’s HopeGuiding Light (although my sister and I were Days of our Lives‘  fans),  and finally Jeopardy.  Then, usually mom was able to pick us up.

In between our shows, we might have cold compresses put on our foreheads, Vick’s rubbed on our chests, or our temperature taken on the hour,  but we would always have that custard.    Whenever I think about sick days with grandma and grandpa,  I remember the love that grandma put into each custard cup.

Grandma and mom both had custard cups like this. I think it is Fire King.

Grandma’s Custard
It’s good for what ails you!

4 cups scalded milk, cooled slightly
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
nutmeg (for sprinkling on top)

Slowly beat together milk and eggs.

Add vanilla, sugar and salt.  Stir to incorporate and until sugar is dissolved.  Pour into custard cups and sprinkle nutmeg on top.

Set the custard cups in a large pan of hot water (about halfway up the sides of the custard cups).

Bake in a 350°F oven until a thin knife inserted in the center of the custard comes out clean. Refrigerate custards until ready to serve.  Serve cold.

Serves two ailing kids and enough for grandpa!

Grandma made a mean custard pie as well.

Thanks go out to Mardi at for the inspiration for this post.  She has a superb post on all sorts of custard that I would highly recommend.



4 comments to Grandma’s Custard

  • Thanks for the shoutout – it’s funny how I never liked custard as a kid much but now I love it. Lovely story 🙂

    • Eliot

      Thank you. Your wonderful post on custard brought back a lot of fond memories b/c you know there were sick days at Grandma’s house in which we were basically playing hookie!

  • Liz

    Aw, what nice memories of times with your grandparents….but laughing at your association between getting sick and custard. I didn’t eat spinach souffle for years after getting really sick one night after eating it as a child 🙂

    • Eliot

      I am definitely going to have to revisit custard and overcome my phobia! 🙂 Thanks for the comment.