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Baked butterscotch custard cups

Breads & Desserts


6 large egg yolks (save whites for another use, like an egg-white omelet)
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup dark brown sugar


Heat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large heatproof bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk and brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and keep warm.

In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook without stirring until the mixture becomes dark amber, swirling the pan if hot spots develop. Whisk in the remaining cream mixture.

In a slow steady stream, whisk the cream and sugar mixture into the egg yolks. Add the vanilla and salt. (Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, if desired, for an extra smooth pudding.)

Ladle the custard into 6 (4-ounce) custard cups.

Line a roasting pan with a dishtowel. Place the custard cups on the towel. Place the roasting pan on the middle rack in the oven. Fill the roasting pan with enough hot tap water to reach halfway up the custard cups. Cover the roasting pan with foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, until the custards barely jiggle when lightly shaken.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and remove the foil. Allow the custards to cool in the water to room temperature. Transfer the custards to the refrigerator and chill for at least one hour. — Serves 6


*This recipe was published in November 2020's Issue as part of the "On the Menu" article. Submitted by Martha Hall Foose, the author of “Screen Doors & Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales of a Southern Cook,” won the James Beard Award for American Cooking. Her latest collaboration is “A Good Meal is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South” with Amy C. Evans. Martha makes her home in the Mississippi Delta with her husband and son. She is a member of Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association.

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