Christmas Drinking Custard

| 11 Comments

I’ve been watching the photographs for years.  Thick liquid custard, dressed up and poured into a mug.  Can you look and not be tempted?  This special drink is known by many names: boiled custard, drinking custard, crème anglaise–and bears a strong resemblance to egg nog.  But in lieu of eggnog’s nutmeg and cinnamon, you get a heady dose of fragrant vanilla–and the eggs aren’t raw!

Christmas Drinking Custard

Christmas Drinking Custard

Sign me up! 

Although most likely of European origin, drinking custard is probably best known in the southern U.S. Here it is a special drink served at Christmas or a soothing and nourishing beverage for someone who is feeling under the weather. 

Drinking custard for Christmas

Drinking custard for Christmas

The recipe is based on one from A Southern Grace, my first introduction to this beverage and the healthiest version I found (e.g. uses whole milk vs part cream).  I added one extra egg yolk to make it divide evenly (on the odd chance I someday want a smaller batch), used vanilla beans instead of extract and simplified the preparation (In full America’s Test Kitchen mode, I did try the original instructions which came out exactly the same as my easier version.)  

And it isn’t at all difficult to make!  Just blend, cook, strain and cool.

Flavor with vanilla bean or vanilla extract

Flavor with vanilla bean or vanilla extract

Rich with egg yolks

Add rich egg yolks, sugar and milk

Cook drinking custard

Cook drinking custard

Strain cooked drinking custard

Strain cooked drinking custard

And the family was just as excited as I was.  My oldest daughter came home for a party this weekend, and in her best starving young person impression, rummaged through the refrigerator.  “How can you not have egg nog?” she said, incensed. 

“Wait until you see what we have instead,” I replied.  After she and my youngest got their first taste of drinking custard, I realized I would probably never make a half batch. 

Drinking Custard Serving

Drinking Custard Serving

There is actually a special reason I started making boiled custard this year.  You see, we are participating in a rarely mentioned holiday ritual: winter break impacted wisdom teeth removal.  Times two kids.  One before Christmas, one after.  Yup, there’s going to be a lot of creamed soup going around.  But also some sweet drinking custard.  A spoonful of sugar, you know!  drinking-custard-pitcher

Of course, just like with eggnog, you can add something a little more potent. So, if the cooking and nursing start to get hard, Mom is going to get her own special Christmas drinking custard. 

Fire up the stove! 

Drinking Custard
Serves 8
Like a heady vanilla eggnog (but no raw eggs), drinking custard is a delicious and easy southern Christmas tradition that is perfect with or without alcohol
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
303 calories
37 g
209 g
12 g
10 g
6 g
287 g
113 g
38 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
287g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303
Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
19%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 209mg
70%
Sodium 113mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 38g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
30%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 gallon (8 cups) whole milk
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 8 large egg yolks
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 vanilla beans
Instructions
  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together milk, egg yolks and sugar. Split vanilla beans, if using, then scrape out seeds. Add seeds and vanilla pod to the saucepan. (If using vanilla extract this will be added later.)
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly until custard coats the back of a spoon--about 185 F. If using vanilla extract, add it now.
  3. Strain to remove vanilla bits and any thickened egg, then refrigerate until cool.
  4. Serve with or without a shot of alcohol.
beta
calories
303
fat
12g
protein
10g
carbs
37g
more
Art of Natural Living http://artofnaturalliving.com/
It's so nice to share...
Share on Facebook32Pin on Pinterest19Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn0Share on Yummly305Share on Google+0Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUpon0Share on Tumblr0

11 Comments

  1. If I’d had some of this when I was recuperating from my own wisdom teeth surgery, I might have been a little less unhappy! Sounds like it was a big hit in your house.

  2. This looks good! I always find Eggnog too ‘nutmegy’ – I’m glad to learn there is an alternative, similar style drink.

    I hope both your daughters have speedy recoveries from their wisdom teeth removal!

    • Your kids would probably like this too Lynn–I may even try reducing the sugar a smidge to make it a little healthier! And thanks for the good wishes on the recovery!

  3. this is our holiday treat every year! SO rich and delicious. the touch of vanilla beans makes it extra special and lovely, and your glasses are cool!

    • The glasses were a second hand store find–wasn’t that lucky! Thank you so much for introducing me to this!

  4. this sounds so yummy!

  5. This sounds like my kind of drink. I love all things custardy! I hope your kids’ wisdom teeth procedures go smoothly. They usually breeze right through it.

    • Thanks Thao! The first one had her pre-appointment yesterday and the oral surgeon was very reassuring. That was good for her to hear after all the scary stories her friends were telling!

  6. Could you make this with egg substitute to help on the cholesterol?

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.


css.php