cus·​tard | \ ˈkə-stərd How to pronounce custard (audio) \

Definition of custard

: a pudding-like usually sweetened mixture made with eggs and milk

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custardy \ ˈkə-​stər-​dē How to pronounce custardy (audio) \ adjective

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Traditional paczki is usually fruit or custard filled. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Paczki pair up with coneys again for Fat Tuesday," 7 Feb. 2018 Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, whisking constantly and scraping down sides of bowl as needed with a spatula, until eggs thicken and firm up like a custard, with tiny curds throughout, about 15 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Way You’ll Be Making Scrambled Eggs From Now On," 11 Jan. 2019 With wire whisk, gently fold whipped cream into custard mixture. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Old-Fashioned Eggnog Your Grandma Would Be Proud Of," 18 Dec. 2018 Divide mixture among the ramekins, pouring any remaining custard mixture into the ramekins, then cover each with foil. Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooker (no need to rinse) and place a steam rack in the pot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 There are fresh asparagus spears still crunchy under beautiful white, firm-fleshed fish, veal stew with mushrooms, bitter greens salads, crusty bread, and vanilla custard or mille feuille for dessert. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 They may be served with a dollop of custard or cream, or even a slice of cheese. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "What Your Holiday Table Has Been Missing," 12 Dec. 2018 One of Georgopoulos' personal favorites is Galaktobouriko, layers of phyllo dough filled with a rich custard and drizzled with honey. Judy Buchenot,, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 2018 Uncover and bake until golden and custard is set, 50 to 55 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Make This Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake Up to 24 Hours in Advance," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of custard

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for custard

Middle English, a kind of pie, alteration of crustarde, crustade, probably from Anglo-French *crustade, from cruste crust, from Latin crusta — more at crust

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The first known use of custard was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of custard

: a type of sweet food that is made with eggs and milk


cus·​tard | \ ˈkə-stərd How to pronounce custard (audio) \

Kids Definition of custard

: a sweetened mixture of milk and eggs baked, boiled, or frozen

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