custard cups. Divide the custard mixture evenly between four lightly greased 8 oz. Test Kitchen Tip : For a silky-smooth custard, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer before adding to the cups. No need for the ready-made one, this is a fail-proof recipe that will be a big hit with the whole family. In bowl combine the sugar, flour and butter. Vanilla custard is the base for so many desserts, but it can also be enjoyed on its own. With a wooden spoon, continue stirring until mixture registers 165 to 180 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes. Do not heat above 180 degrees, or eggs in base will scramble. Heat milk in a saucepan to just scalding (do not boil). Then, sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the custard. Beat until well mixed. Homemade Custard made from scratch with a few simple ingredients, an old-fashioned recipe that is so quick and easy to make, but absolutely delicious.