2.02.2010

Winter Recipe for Custard

Imbolc is an ancient holiday where agricultural peoples of the Northwestern Hemisphere prepared for the planting cycle and the coming of spring lambs.

Many historical recipes for this time of year would utilize rich ingredients such as eggs and milk. No coincidence that these ingredients make for great warming and homey foods.

There is no better time than now to prepare a delicious custard (pudding). Here's a recipe I found on About.com's Pagan/Wicca site. Don't be turned off by the label, this is a celebration of old cultural/agricultural traditions and delicious food. As a matter of fact, I used to purchase the Witch's Date Book by Llewellyn Publishing just because of the great cultural history and recipes with each turning of the seasons. In cooking, I always keep an open mind ;)

Without further ado, here's the delish recipe for custard:

Egg Custard
Prep time: 20 minutes, cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 C. milk
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
Preparation:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Combine all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor/hand mixer, and blend for about 15 seconds, or until well mixed.
  3. Pour custard mix into ramekins or custard cups. Place the ramekins into a baking dish, and fill the dish with hot water up to a depth of about ¾". Bake the custards for one hour.