The typical ingredients in a basic egg custard that serves six people are four eggs, 3 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. A sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon is optional.
The milk should be heated while the remaining ingredients are blended in a mixing bowl. Once hot, the milk should be stirred into the bowl. The next steps are to pour the mixture evenly into custard cups, add topping, if desired, and put the cups into a baking pan, leaving space between them. The pan should be filled with hot water so that it comes to about 1/2 inches from the cup rims. Baking time is 25 to 30 minutes at 350 F. The custard is done when a knife can be inserted into it and removed cleanly. Letting the custard cool before eating or refrigerating it returns the best results.