Honey Egg Custard

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Category : Breakfast, Desserts, March, Recipes

Honey Egg CustardToday, I continued taking advantage of the abundance of locally produced eggs currently available. When I was young, one of my favorite pies was custard. During the years that eggs were getting a bad rap for causing heart disease, I quit making or eating custard pie. Now that I know better, I wanted to try making a locavore custard.

My main question had to do with the sweetener. Since sugar isn’t a local ingredient, I usually turn to honey. However, I’d come across several people who told me honey would not “set” the custard (make it firm enough to cut with a knife without the custard running). They said the crystalline structure of honey was required.

Happily, that was a bunch of hooey! The recipe below set very firmly, just as I’d hoped.

This custard is simple, not too sweet, and exceptionally delicious. I can’t wait to try making a custard pie based on this recipe.

Honey Egg Custard
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Locavore custard made with honey instead of sugar is simple, not too sweet, and especially delicious.
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
Serves: 2
  • 2 eggs, room temperature (Red Barn Lavender, Ferndale)
  • ¼ c honey (Red Barn Lavender, Ferndale)
  • 1 cup half and half, cold (Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy, Lynden)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • optional) ground or crushed hazelnuts (Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, Lynden)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat all ingredients together until well mixed. Pour into custard cups.
  3. Set cups into a baking dish and fill outer dish with water almost as high as the level of custard in the cups.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. The center of the custard should be firmly set. Test for doneness with a knife. Knife should come out clean.
  5. Top with chopped hazelnuts, if you like.

Serving Suggestions:

This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled.  It is equally good served warm or cold.

Food Sources:

Acme Farms + Kitchen CSA, acmefarmsandkitchen.com
Community Food Co-op, Cordata and Westerly, Bellingham
Red Barn Lavender (egg CSA), 3106 Thornton Road, Ferndale

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