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Easy, Yummy Caramel Custard Cooked in the Microwave

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Caramel custard pudding is an easy and delicious dessert!

Caramel custard pudding is an easy and delicious dessert!

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!

— Author unknown

Everyone's Favourite Dessert: Caramel Custard

Who doesn't like dessert? I think everyone, whether young or old, appreciates a good dessert. In my home, after a lavish meal, a delicious dessert is a must.

In Western countries, there are many types of desserts, including cakes, pies, puddings, chocolates, cookies, and ice cream. Even fruit is considered a dessert. In India, however, dessert traditionally refers to sweets such as rosogullas, gulabjamuns, laddoos, burfis, kheers, kulfi, halwas, and many, many more mouth-watering sweets.

Today, globalisation has increasingly influenced food habits all over the world. Just as Westerners like to enjoy Indian cuisine in restaurants and even cook it at home, we Indians appreciate other types of cuisine, as well. In Indian restaurants, you can often find many dishes that come from other countries. In addition, if you go to an Indian wedding, you might see food from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Italy—and the list goes on.

For me personally, caramel custard is one of my favourite desserts, and everyone in my family loves it, too. This is not without reason. It‘s so light and refreshing, and it contains no oil or fat.

Preparing it is also very easy. I used to cook it using the traditional technique of steaming it in a double boiler. However, more recently, I've discovered that it is much easier and quicker to make in the microwave.

Just a few simple ingredients: milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla essence

Just a few simple ingredients: milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla essence

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

10 min

25 min

Serves 5 people

Ingredients

  • 500 milliliters low-fat milk
  • 3-4 eggs (4 if the eggs are small, 3 if they are big)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, for the mixture
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, for caramelising
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Instructions

  1. Boil the milk, then let it cool.
  2. In a bowl, add the eggs. Whisk the eggs thoroughly until they are light and bubbly.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the cooled milk.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Mix them all together thoroughly.
  5. In a glass bowl that is suitable for the microwave, add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Place the bowl in the microwave and caramelise the sugar for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the bowl, and let the caramelised sugar cool. Once it has cooled, add the prepared milk and egg mixture into this bowl.
  7. Again, place the bowl in the microwave oven and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. (The exact time depends upon your oven; mine takes about 8 minutes.) You can check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes clean, your custard is ready.
  8. Remove the custard and place it in the refrigerator to cool.
  9. Now comes the tricky part: turning out the custard onto the serving plate. This step requires precision and practice. Place a serving plate upside-down on top of the bowl so that the bowl is covered with the plate. Quickly turn the bowl upside-down, remove the bowl, and see the magic! (If you prefer to make individual servings, use smaller bowls.)
  10. This dessert should always be served chilled. You may top it with cream if you wish, but my family and I enjoy this delicious custard plain—without any additional toppings.

Caramel Custard Photo Tutorial

Step 1: Boil the milk

Step 1: Boil the milk

Step 2: Whisk the eggs

Step 2: Whisk the eggs

Step 3: Mix the milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence

Step 3: Mix the milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence

Step 4: Caramelise the sugar

Step 4: Caramelise the sugar

The result: delectable caramel custard pudding!

The result: delectable caramel custard pudding!

Notes About the Traditional Steaming Method

The traditional method of making caramel custard is nearly the same as above. The main difference is that instead of using a microwave, you steam the mixture in a double boiler.

Preparing the caramel:

  • Caramelise the sugar in a metal bowl or pan over a low flame.
  • The caramel should be cooked on a very low flame. It should take about 30 to 40 minutes to be ready.

Use a double boiler:

  • Add the cooled caramelised sugar to the egg/milk/vanilla mixture. Use a double boiler to steam the custard.

More notes:

  • Some people use a pressure cooker just as they would for making idlis, but without the weight placed above.
  • If you prefer to use brown sugar instead of white sugar, you may make this substitution.

Whichever method you adopt, the taste remains the same—simply delicious.

Quotes:

I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts.

— Graham Kerr

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Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 29, 2019:

Thanks for commenting BRENDA ARLEDGE!

You can reduce the amount of sugar from the dessert, while caramelising, and the syrup can easily be avoided, when you are serving. Although, the children love it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 28, 2019:

Very interesting...i might try this one.

Lots of sugar for me...but who knows.

Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 29, 2016:

Thanks Diana, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked this method of making caramel custard.

Have a good day!

Diana Abrahamson on July 28, 2016:

Thanks, never thought for one moment that you could make caramel custard in a microwave!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 09, 2015:

Thank you Moms-Secret, for your kind visit and lovely comments!

I agree with the views of the old school. I love the traditional method. This is in fact for the present generation. They are so busy and thus want everything quickly.

Many thanks for your feedback!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 09, 2015:

Thank you Audrey, for stopping by! Its great to see you after a long time.

I am so happy that you tried this recipe and liked it too.

Thanks for sharing with others.

Have a good day!

Lissette from Central Florida on July 08, 2015:

Flan in the microwave. I will try it tho I am not sure if I would tell the older ones in my family that I did. They are not ready to hear this, lol. They are old and old school...

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 08, 2015:

A few months ago I first read this hub. I mentioned I didn't like custard. Well, I tried this recipe and now I love it. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

Sharing with others.

Blessings

Audrey

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 08, 2015:

Thank you facetube, for stopping by!

Glad you liked it.

facetube on July 08, 2015:

Looks delicious! Thumbs up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2015:

Thank you Dianna, for revisiting this hub!

Its great to see you after a long time. Hope you are fine. I missed you and I think even the HP did.

Thanks for your appreciation of the recipe!

Dianna Mendez on July 02, 2015:

Just popped in to read your recipe again. It is indeed a mouth-watering treat!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 10, 2014:

Thank you Susan Recipes, for your visit, votes and appreciation!

Glad you liked it!

Susan from India on December 10, 2014:

Wow... I am now craving for it. Thanks for this recipe. Voted up and 5 stars.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 05, 2014:

Thank you Paula, for visiting and commenting!

I am glad you liked it. Many thanks for your support and share!

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 04, 2014:

I have a Puerto Rican friend who makes flan and it is so good. This recipe looks a bit different but also yummy. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2014:

Hi oldiemusic!

Thanks for your visit and appreciation! I have an IFB Microwave. For Caramel Pudding I set it on Express cooking mode, which countdowns time. I generally do not straightway set the time to 10 minutes. Even if I know that a particular recipe will be ready in 10 minutes, I prefer to set it for 5 minutes first, check how far it is cooked and then set it accordingly. This can be 3 min. to 5 min.

In my Microwave there is provision for different programming for baking, grilling, plain cooking and all this is clearly explained in the instruction booklet. Timing is something one learns by trying the recipe, in other words by experience. It is always safe to set the knob at low level. You can control the cooking process and the food is cooked evenly and thoroughly. Hope that helps!

Even if you want to cook the traditional way in a double boiler, we set the burner at low heat only.

Thanks again for stopping by!

oldiesmusic from United States on August 09, 2014:

What kind of microwave oven do you use at home? Me I have a microwave with knobs. I wonder which heat level shall I use -- low, medium low, medium, medium high or high? thanks for posting. Your pudding looks scrumptious!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2014:

Thanks Michelle, for appreciating and sharing!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 07, 2014:

An easy, delicious dessert! Sharing here on HP!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 28, 2014:

Thanks AliciaC, for stopping by and glad you liked this desert recipe!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2014:

I love the taste of caramel custard. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 24, 2014:

Thank you Suzanne, for your vote, support and share!

I am glad you found this recipe easy to cook. This is my children's favorite too.

Thanks for appreciation!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on July 24, 2014:

What an easy and no fuss recipe! My kids and I are quite partial to desserts, especially creme caramel, and I think this would taste very similar. It will be a relief to serve up a home cooked dessert that is quick and not out of a packet! Looking forward to trying it - bookmarked, voted awesome and up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 24, 2014:

Thank you aviannovice, for your positive comments!

Glad you liked it!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 23, 2014:

Much easier and less dirty dishes and utensils via the microwave method. You really have something there!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2014:

Thank you teaches12345, for your kind visit and comments!

I used to cook this recipe by steaming it on a double boiler, but microwave cooking is much faster. Therefore whenever I am in hurry, I cook it this way.

Thanks for your support!

Dianna Mendez on July 16, 2014:

This looks so good! I used to cook with a microwave years ago and this would have been a really good treat back then.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 16, 2014:

Thank you Nithya, for appreciating!

Yes, it is very easy to make. Glad you liked it!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 15, 2014:

Great recipe, easy to make. Will try it out.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 15, 2014:

Thank you for your kind visit and lovely comments!

I am sure you are going to love this. Thanks for the voting up and pinning it.

Thanks for your appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 15, 2014:

Thank you bluebird, for your kind visit and wonderful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 15, 2014:

Thank you vocalcoach, for your kind visit and positive comments!

I am sure you would like this dessert recipe.

Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 15, 2014:

Thank you rebeccamealey, for your lovely comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 15, 2014:

Thank you Michelle, for appreciating!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 14, 2014:

I have bookmarked your recipe! I make my lemon meringue pie filling in the microwave. I used to use a double boiler and stir and stir.

Nice Hub with great photos. I'm definitely trying this.

Voted UP, etc. and shared. I will also PIN to my dessert board.

bluebird on July 14, 2014:

This oughta satisfy the sweetest tooth in town, I think. I'm gonna do it - cook this stuff and eat it up. Thanks for sharing!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 14, 2014:

A delicious looking and sounding recipe. I'm not a fan of custard but will sure try this! Thank you so much. Sharing.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 14, 2014:

Both words and photos just make my mouth water!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 14, 2014:

Delicious! This I must definitely try!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2014:

Thank you CyberShelley, for your wonderful comments!

Hope you like it!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2014:

Thank you Nell, for your lovely comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2014:

Yes, it is!

Thank you VictoriaSheffield for appreciating!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2014:

Thank you DeborahNeyens, for your kind visit and comments!

Initially even I also used the microwave for these purposes only. But now I am using it to cook many other recipes.

Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for your appreciation!

Shelley Watson on July 10, 2014:

Wow what a wonderful recipe - just in time for the weekend. Thank you for sharing Chitrangada.

Nell Rose from England on July 10, 2014:

I definitely have to make this one! great recipe Chitrangada!

Author Victoria Sheffield from Georgia on July 10, 2014:

I bet that is a good eat!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 10, 2014:

I've never tried to do much in a microwave besides defrost meat or melt butter. This dessert looks delicious.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 10, 2014:

This idea sounds so easy and the custard looks very tasty with caramel on top.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2014:

Thank you, billybuc, for your appreciation!

I have cooked without a microwave most of my life. And you are right, the times have changed to a great extent and today's generation might find it difficult without a microwave.

Thanks for your comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2014:

Thank you Ericdierker, for your lovely comments!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 10, 2014:

Love the recipe...I was thinking back many years to when there were no microwaves.....a lot of people today wouldn't know how to make dinner without them. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 10, 2014:

FAntastic I could taste it as I read.