by Jes Mostek
serves: 6
  Creamy home-made custard takes about 5 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. You can either serve it warm or cold, either for dessert or for an indulgent breakfast.
  2 1/2 c.   milk
  4   eggs
  1/2 c.   sugar
  1/2 tsp.   salt
  1 tsp.   vanilla
  1/4 tsp   nutmeg
  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Scald the milk: Pour the milk into a medium-sized heavy-bottomed sauce pan (whole milk works best) and heat over medium to high heat just until the first tiny bubbles appear at the edge of the pan.

In a large bowl or casserole dish, whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour the milk in a slow, steady stream, while whisking rapidly, into the egg mixture.

Spinkle the ground nutmeg over the top of the custard.

Fill a 9 x 13 pan with an inch or two of hot water and place the casserole dish in the middle of it. Place the custard in the water-bath pan in the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.