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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Ice cream and custard are both made from cream or milk and sugar. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "What's the Difference Between Custard and Ice Cream?," 25 Apr. 2019 Bake until custard is set and edges of bread have browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce," 9 Oct. 2018 Remove the saucepan from the heat and immediately pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into the bowl nested in the ice bath. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Repertoire: Oeufs a la Neige, with guidance from State Bird’s Nicole Krasinski," 22 Mar. 2018 Chill the pudding: Immediately pour the custard into a shallow container. Redbook, "Chilled Out Desserts Recipes," 15 May 2013 Ice cream contains at least 10 percent milkfat and less than 1.4 percent egg yolk, while custard contains at least 10 percent milkfat but must have more than 1.4 percent egg yolk. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "What's the Difference Between Custard and Ice Cream?," 25 Apr. 2019 Advertising Keung’s custard bao replaces the gelatinous egg filling with a thick liquid that oozes out like lava-the dim sum equivalent of molten chocolate cake. Lucas Shaw, The Seattle Times, "From pig-shaped bao to ‘Pac Man’ dumplings, chefs now make dim sum for the Instagram generation," 25 Mar. 2019 Get the otak otak: fish custard perked up with kaffir lime and chili, all steamed in a banana leaf. Fuchsia Dunlop, Condé Nast Traveler, "Penang is Asia's Next Great Foodie City," 15 Nov. 2018 As for the yolks that remain from the project, cook them gently in milk for a light, frozen custard-style of ice cream. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 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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