Bread and Butter Custard Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 55 MINUTES

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  • 4 to 5 thin slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ground nutmeg, to dust on top of custard
  • ground cinnamon, to dust on top of custard


Pre heat oven to 325ºF.

Butter each piece of bread and place butter side up in a single layer in a 9 x 13 baking dish. In a medium sauce pan, scald milk over medium heat until bubbles appear. In a large mixing bowl slightly beat eggs. Stir in sugar and vanilla and whisk. Very slowly whisk in hot milk. Pour over bread in baking dish. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Place baking dish in the center of a pan of hot water as high as the baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife comes our clean.

Note: Recipe works best with whole milk, preventing custard from being watery. Serve warm or cold.

Bread and Butter Custard


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