We all have our personal dishes, and not all of mine are dorkily historical. But some of them are, and I had cause to make one recently. The Bean is recovering from the first cold of the season, and I have been pulling out my hair trying to make foods that will pique a tempermental appetite, as well as not aggravate a sore throat. Enter my great-grandmother's recipes, of which I have about four, all for soothing, gentle, grandmotherly foods: rice pudding, banana pudding, egg custard, and spoon bread. I made the egg custard for Bean, and lo, it was good. I offer the recipe to you here; it is dead easy, and good for what ails you:
Rachel Wilson's Egg Custard
1/2 c sugar
2 c milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Beat eggs, add sugar slowly, and beat together. Add milk and vanilla, mix well. Pour mixture into Pyrex baking dish and place this dish into a larger pan of water, enough to reach halfway up the custard pan. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (for my oven, it was pretty much 45 minutes...you know your oven best).
by at September 15, 2005 8:28 PM
Eat while it's raining outside, and the fire is going, and you are reading your favorite childhood book. Alternatively, feed to crabby 3 year old recovering from a cold.