Apple Custard

Tuesday 24 August 2010

It's getting to that time of year when I need to use up any applesauce I have left in the freezer from last year. This is the time for applesauce cakes and muffins . . .

Applesauce pies and cookies . . .

Applesauce loafs . . .

And this delicious Apple Custard. This has to be one of Todd's favourite desserts. Simple, easy, old fashioned . . . but don't let those three words fool you . . . .there is nothing simple about the taste.

Imagine dipping your spoon into soft sweet meringue and digging beneath to discover a deliciously rich and spicy custard atop scrummy and wholesome applesauce.

I like to use a chunky homemade applesauce, because I love the extra texture it gives to this wonderful dish. You can use smooth if you wish and you can use jarred applesauce. It's all good.

Simple and delicious are sometimes the best dessert treats of all!

*Apple Custard*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

This is the type of recipe I really love to cook. Simple, old fashioned, delicious comfort food.

8 ounces whole milk (1 cup)
2 large free range eggs, separated
2 TBS caster sugar
1 TBS plain flour
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of sweetened applesauce (smooth or chunky, it's up to you,
I think the chunky adds more interest)
2 dessert spoons of sifted icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3. Set four deepish ramekins on a baking tray.

Scald the milk. (Heat just until bubbles appear around the edges.)

Whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar and flour in the top of a double boiler. Whisk in the hot milk. Cook, stirring constantly, over simmering water until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Whisk in the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Divide the applesauce amongst the four ramekins. Top with equal amounts of the warm custard.

Beat the egg whites along with the icing sugar until stiff, without overbeating. You don't want them to be dry, just softly stiff if that makes sense. Divide and spoon over the custard in the ramekins. Place the baking tray with the ramekins into the heated oven and cook until the meringues are golden brown. Serve warm.


  1. I have never had much luck with custards. You have however made this look so interesting, maybe it is time that I give it another try. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. ive missed coming by for my food fix. that custard looks warm and delish. so sad i dont live in the uk to enter your wonderful giveaway.

  3. Oh. My. Good. Heavens. My mouth is watering!! I saw this pop up on FB today, but made myself wait to come read it until the kidlets were out for the night. I'm saving this recipe for apple season!!

  4. Oh, delicious! I love custards, puddings, and anything remotely related...creamy, wonderful comfort food desserts...yum! This one looks especially scrumptious, Marie!

    You always describe things so beautifully, both with your words and your lovely photography...every dish you share is a must try!

    So glad you're my dear friend! And I think we WILL meet each other one of these days! Much love and many hugs sent your way today...


  5. Delicioso y delicado se ve este postre.


  6. I've got a couple of apples that look a little sad. I think I now know what to do with them.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Oh, that looks yummy & comforting! I find myself thinking of comforting foods now with slight change in the season.... LOL! Happy Day, dear Marie--LOVE YOU LOTS :o) ((BIG HUGS)

  8. What a treat. I am putting a link on my fb comfort food page and it is on my list to make!

  9. OOOOOOOOOOOO mamma mia !!!!!!!
    that looks **amazing** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Looks so comforting - it does feel autumal like doesn't it? Lucie x

  11. I;ve never heard of apple custard; you do come up with great tempting comfort food. Your phots are fantastic.

  12. I have a few jars of lovely applesauce left.... this looks so yummy!
    xoxo Pattie

  13. Comfort food 1 oh 1!!! Lol

  14. You have some of the best recipes I have ever seen on food blogs. Honestly, if we could ever travel to England again, I would love to stop by and meet you!!

  15. I hope this is not duplicated. Will give this one ago. I just made some apple rhubarb and folded in custard. Nothing like making your own custard, but I use cornflour (cornstarch) in place of flour. The meringue on top of the apple makes added interest and different so look forward to trying it.

  16. I just made this and it turned out great! Thanks for the lovely recipe, I'm American and am learning how to cook for my English fiance. I attempted Toad in the Hole tonight and it was not successful but I mastered this dessert and that made me feel better!


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