Baked brown sugar custards

These gorgeously simple little desserts use brown sugar to add a rich toffee flavour
By Rachel Allen
Baked brown sugar custards
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 200 ml milk
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 small orange, finely grated zest only (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3.

2. Whisk the eggs together in a bowl, then add the brown sugar and mix well.

3. Place the milk, cream and orange zest (if using) into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and gradually pour onto the egg and sugar mixture, whisking constantly until well combined. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a large jug and skim off any froth from the surface.

4. Place four small cups or ramekins in a baking dish or wide shallow pan and fill them up with the custard mixture. Pour enough hot water into the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the cups or ramekins and cover the ramekins with foil. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the custards are just set in the centre.

5. Remove the custards from the baking dish and remove the foil. Serve warm or allow to cool. Sprinkle a little bit of extra brown sugar on top just before serving.

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