Digestive and Marshmallow Custard

Thursday, 17 November 2011

We don't eat a lot of complicated food in this house . . . simple people, simple meals, fresh and simple ingredients. That's us to a "T."

Quite, quite different than when I worked for the American family down south. She always had to have something complicated for dinner every night. There had to be a sauce or a salsa, etc. Each dish had to have a "recipe." There was no cooking from off the top of your head, or by instinct. (At least as far as she knew . . . shhh . . . ) Then again, that is what they were paying me for.

Dinner parties were a bit of a nightmare at times, because everything had to come from one of her hoity toity cheffin' books, with numerous steps and complications. It would take me days of preparation to get ready. Not only did I do all of the planning and shopping, but I also did all the chopping etc. Having to execute half a dozen Gordon Ramsay recipes on top of it all was quite a stretch at the best of times, especially if you are a perfectionist like myself.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoy cooking a complicated dish. It is challenging and interesting. It's a bit much though when you have to cook 5 or 6 complicated dishes . . . for 25 people, all in one go, and all by yourself . . . that is work, plain and simple . . . as challenging and as interesting as it may be! There are no sous chef's . . . or junior chef's to do all the legwork and chopping . . . or for that matter, the cleaning up afterwards.

That's not how I want to eat at home . . . it's ok for a special occasion, but most days I like simple things. Simple dishes like this delicious custard. Wholesome and nutritious . . . well, except for the marshmallows of course . . . but they do add a bit of interest.

The biscuit crumbs and marshmallows float to the top and make the most interestingly scrummy topping. Trust me. Whilst this is a dish that I would never have cooked for her . . . this is a winner. Totally unpretentious. Simple. Tasty. What more could you ask for?

*Digestive and Marshmallow Custard*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Wholesome and delicious, plus it uses simple ingredients that most of us have in our cupboards all the time.

375ml of whole milk (1 1/2 cups)
1.5 ounces digestive biscuit crumbs (crush fine)
(about 1/3 cup. You can use Graham Cracker crumbs if that is what you have.)
2 large free range eggs
2 TBS sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 large marshmallows, cut into quarters

Have ready a shallow pan and a kettle of boiling water. Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.

Place the biscuit crumbs into a bowl. Pour the milk over top and set aside for 10 minutes or so. In the meantime beat together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat this into the milk mixture. Place 2 marshmallows, quartered (8 pieces) into each of 4 1/2 cup glass ramekins. Place them into the shallow pan. Pour an equal amount of the mixture over top of each. Place the pan into the oven and carefully add boiling water to come up halfway up the sides of the cups.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until a metal knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Serve warm.

Cooking in The Cottage today, a delicious Italian Stir Fry.


  1. I really like the sound of this Marie,, I think we would love this,,might be simple but its also simply delicous, sounds like you had your hands full cooking for the big house,

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  3. I missed you so much! We recently just got the internet, not an easy feat when you live as far out in the country as we do! I'm going to spend the afternoon looking at all the recipes you posted that I've missed! Wonderful pudding and your pictures are divine! I have everything to make this too!

  4. Scrummy - my new favorite word. And unpretentious. Loving your blog! (Started following a few weeks ago.)

  5. This custard looks very interesting! I've never heard of 'digestive' biscuits. I'll use your tip to substitute graham crackers. I'm the only one who will eat custard in my house. Too bad for them!

  6. This looks like an interesting recipe and I am sure that my daughter would love it! A nice sweet treat.

  7. I hope you were being paid a TON of money!! love the idea of this custard - my eldest will LOVE this
    Mary oxo

  8. Pretentiousness is one of my pet peeves. :) If you don't have the digestive biscuits, do you think Vanilla wafers would be a good substitute rather than graham crackers?

  9. By the way, just as an aside to Bridget, I tried the alt167 in Blogger and it didn't work. Unfortunately a lot of things don't work on Blogger. :)

  10. Yummy scrummy, Marie! I love any kind of custard, and this one looks loaded with flavor and warmth--perfect!

    Wishing you the most wonderful day, sweet friend! Sending so much love your way on this foggy, chilly California night...


  11. Marigold, I think any plain biscuit would work just fine.

  12. This puding super,l was take this recipe!!!!thank you!!!!


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