Custard in an electric roaster

This has become a favorite in our house now that we have a near-endless supply of eggs from our 20 hens.  It’s a high-protein breakfast, a nutritious snack, and a great way to use large quantities of eggs.  I make at least 4 or 5 pans/week.

We use an electric roaster during warm weather to do much of our cooking outdoors.  I recently figured out that this is a great way to do a big dish of custard too, so the instructions below describe how we make custard in our 18 quart electric roaster.

Baked Custard

serves 8-10

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 – 1 cup sugar (I have gradually cut ours down to 1/2 cup.  This is just sweet enough for us.)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups milk (for richer custard, use a combination of milk and cream or evaporated milk)
  • nutmeg

Heat 3 quarts of water to boiling, and pour into your electric roaster.  Heat roaster 325.

Meanwhile, heat milk in the microwave.  About 4 minutes is right for ours.  This step is not necessary but your custard will cook much faster if you start with hot milk.

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Beat in vanilla, then sugar.  Stir in hot milk until combined.  Pour into 9×13 and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Use your roaster rack to lower custard into roaster.  Watch water level as you lower it to be sure it’s not high enough to flow into custard.  Cover and bake 60-90 minutes, until center is set.

Serve warm or chilled.


  1. Andrea says:

    I’m thinking that I could make this in my rice cooker… anyone try that?

  2. My dad’s birthday was last Saturday and he doesn’t like cake. His favorite is a Custard Pie. This would have been an awesome way to make that Custard for the crowd instead of 3 pies that barely made the rounds. I’ll be giving this a try that’s for sure. I love using my 18 qt roaster. I use it like a crock pot on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I really, really like this idea. I never thought about setting up the electric roaster on a table outside. Guess what I am doing this summer to do some baking (like bread)

  4. Thank you! Sounds yummy!

  5. Oh yum! I LOVE egg custard and this sounds SO simple 🙂

  6. That sounds great!

    I never thought about custard for breakfast…but it is eggs, milk, a bit of sugar, and vanilla. Sounds like breakfast to me!


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