How to Make Custard. Custard was used as a filling for tarts in the Middle Ages. The word custard comes from "crustade," which is a tart with crust. By the 16th century, custard was made more as individual dishes. Today, cooks use custard as separate little desserts or filling for pastries. Learn to cook custard on the stove, in the oven or microwave and make it a popular menu item for your household.
Heat the milk for 2 or 3 minutes in the microwave. Whisk the eggs until smooth and add them to the milk.
Add the sugar, salt and vanilla. Stir that into the milk and egg mixture until dissolved.
Run the whole mixture through a strainer and stir again. This will give you a smooth, sweet, pudding-like treat.
Pour the custard into small custard dishes, a casserole dish or a pie shell. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.
Bake your custard at 325 F. It's done when a knife or tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Bake custard dishes for 30 minutes. You'll need about 60 minutes for a casserole dish or pie shell. Cool before serving.
Vary the flavor of your custard by scooping caramel sauce, sliced berries or syrups on top. If your family enjoys pies, place the custard mix into a pre-baked pie crust for a quick treat.