You can make almost anything in your slow cooker, even custard! This delicious and easy custard recipe is as satisfying as any traditionally baked egg custard, it simply skips the oven and puts your slow cooker to good use.
The Crock Pot Baked Custard is made in a similar fashion to other custards. You will create a rack for your baking dish inside the cooker using aluminum foil. Hot water is then added underneath the dish. This will bake the custard to perfection in just a few hours.
It's a fabulous trick and perfect for those times when your oven is filled with other foods. You can also use this recipe for summer days when you want to avoid turning on the oven and keep the house cool.
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a mixing bowl, combine the lightly beaten eggs with the sugar, vanilla, and milk and mix well.
- Pour into a lightly buttered 1- or 1 1/2-quart baking dish or souffle which will fit in the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle the custard with nutmeg.
- Place a rack or ring of aluminum foil in the slow cooker, then add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of hot water to the pot.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it on the aluminum rack.
- Cover the cooker and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until set.
How to Use Ramekin in the Slow Cooker
Ramekins are the small baking cups that custard is traditionally baked and served in. Rather than a single baking dish, you can make individual servings with ramekin in your slow cooker as well.
To do this, you simply have to adapt the foiled rack to accommodate the smaller baking dishes. Make sure each sets level on the racks and bake according to the recipe.
Tip: Because of the smaller volume of each dish, it may cook just a bit faster. Check it around the 2 and 2 1/2 hour marks.
Another trick that slow cooker enthusiasts use is to place shallow canning jars (4-ounce jelly jars) in the bottom of the slow cooker. Balance one ramekin on each jar and add water.
Flavored Custard Recipes
While the recipe above is a traditional egg custard with nutmeg, custard can take on any flavor you like. Coconut and pumpkin are two popular options and they're just as delicious. Though these recipes are designed for the oven, you can easily make them in the slow cooker as well. Simply use the tricks you just learned and enjoy!