Caramel Custard is classic using simple ingredients with lots of variations of flavor profiles. Let’s explore all the possibilities using the base recipe as a guide. Then by adding just a few extra ingredients to enhance profile to new and tasty custard. By adding almond extract and amaretto liquor making recipe into Amaretto Caramel Custard.
Base Caramel Custard Recipe:
Caramel Custard has two components, a sweet egg custard and caramelized sugar that’s place on bottom of ramekin. Start first by making a caramelized sugar that’s poured onto bottom of each greased ramekin. To make caramelized sugar has two techniques that can be done.
Standard way is to have sugar and water mixture cooked in skillet, until sugar becomes golden amber color. Note that the Side edges of skillet needs to be brushed with water to prevent sugar crystals forming. This important because if sugar crystal from they cause chain reaction making the whole sugar mixture crystallized. If this happens the crystalized mixture has to be discarded and start the process all over again.
The second method is quicker method that let’s you melt sugar in clean skillet with not water just sugar. This is a little more tricky, but once you master the technique it’s faster and has great results in smaller batches. Typically using 10 inch triply stainless steel skillet, with 1/3rd cup sugar over medium high heat. Shaking skillet constantly to move sugar around so doesn’t burn. Them pouring into 6 greased ramekins evenly. Note that using higher temperature silicone spatula to help get sugar evenly out of skillet.
Sweet Custard Base Recipe:
Sweet custard needs to have 2 1/2 cups milk, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla to made great baked custard. Milk is the major liquid in making a custard, the classic custard uses whole milk. But skim milk will work if your diet conscious, having less body into the custard profile. Use a whisk to beat large eggs with sugar and vanilla until blended. The final ingredient is ground nutmeg that’s sprinkled on top of the custard before it is bake.
The techniques used to making a sweet custard is simple process of doing certain steps in order. The first step is to heat your milk. This could be done on range top in sauce pan on low heat, to prevent scorching. Using the microwave is safe and faster way to heat the milk in Pyrex measure. Next step is to mix together the sugar, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Whisking until egg mixture is blended well. Continue on to next step is to incorporate the hot milk into egg mixture slowly. Whisking mixture until combined, then strained back into Pyrex measure. This technique removes excess air from whisking and makes custard easier to pour into greased ramekins. Then dust the tops of the filled custards with nutmeg.
Bake the custards in a water bath in 325 degrees oven about 30 minutes. Checking custards with pairing knife, when inserted near center of custard the knife should come out clean. Remove custards onto cooling rack until cooled to room temperature.
Classic Caramel Custard:
Classic caramel custard is a basic sweet custard that has caramelized sugar on bottom of the filled ramekins when baked. This produces a wonderful caramel sauce when the Caramel custard Is unfolded.