Grape-Nut Custard Pudding
This recipe can be found online from a number of sources, all with very little variation. A popular dessert in New England, Grape-Nut Custard Pudding is basically a simple egg custard flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg and combined with the cereal for added texture. This dessert is not only super-easy to prepare, according to our calculations, it's less than 150 calories per serving.
- 1 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
- 1 quart whole milk
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground nutmeg
- Ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.
Place the Grape-Nuts cereal in a large bowl and set aside. Warm the milk in the microwave for about 6 minutes on 70% power and pour over the cereal. Allow to stand for about 5 minutes.
While the cereal soaks, beat the eggs and add the vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Beat lightly until the sugar is dissolved.
Add a bit of the warm milk to the eggs, 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time to temper them. Once you've added about a half cup of the milk to the eggs, add the entire mixture to the milk and cereal. Stir to combine and pour into the prepared pan.
Place the pudding in a large roasting pan and add hot water to the outer pan until it reaches about 1-inch in depth. Place the pan in the oven and bake, 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Carefully remove the pudding from the water-filled outer container and set on a cooling rack to cool completely. Cut into squares for serving.
Makes 12 servings
If you aren't familiar with cooking a custard in a water bath (bain-marie), check out the post in our Cooking Tips section for a more detailed explanation.
This is an original recipe created & tested by the editors of MyGourmetConnection