Slow Cooker Baked Custard – The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Baked Custard - The Magical Slow Cooker

This Slow Cooker Baked Custard recipes has just six ingredients and yields a delicious dessert that is a perfect option for your holiday dinner spread. Cooking it in the crock pot helps create an amazing texture with minimal prep time and a short cooking time. It’s a win-win!

Other desserts to consider making for the holidays are Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spoon CakePecan Pie, or even Apple Crisp.

baked custard in a crockpot.

What is baked custard?

Traditional baked custard is typically made with eggs, milk (or cream), sugar, and flavoring. Custards are also known as flan, pot de creme, and/or creme brulee. Regardless of the type, custards are smooth in texture and sweet to the taste. If you ever had Marie Callender’s Custard Pie, then you will love this easy crockpot baked custard.

When cooking a baked custard in the slow cooker, you are able to skip using a baking dish, doing the water bath. You won’t find an easier recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for baked custard on a table.
  • Sweet Condensed Milk: Using this for the custard mixture allows you to cut out using sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds the perfect amount of vanilla flavor.
  • Eggs: The primary ingredient to help make the custard set.
  • Milk: Another primary ingredient that helps make a creamy custard.
  • Sea Salt: A necessary ingredient for desserts, it adds flavor contrast.
  • nutmeg: Don’t skip topping your egg custard with nutmeg; it makes it takes like a Christmas dessert.

Step-by-Step Directions

collage about how to make baked custard in a crockpot.

StepOne – Add eggs, sweetened condensed milk, milk, vanilla, and salt to a medium bowl.

StepTwo – Beat eggs and other ingredients together until smooth.

StepThree – For the egg mixture into the crock pot.

Step Four – Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours and 45 minutes or until custard is set in the middle. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

baked custard in crockpot with a slice out of it.

How to serve

  • Baked egg custard is usually served hot or warm and alongside other desserts such as pies and pastries (which is why it’s perfect for a holiday buffet spread).
  • This custard would also pair perfectly with fruit like baked apples, chopped strawberries, and peaches.
  • And of course you can’t go wrong with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg, whipped cream, and/or a drizzle of homemade syrup, maple syrup, or caramel.
  • It’s also okay to serve as is and cold just as Marie Callender’s does with their custard pie.
baked custard slice on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store baked custard?

The ideal way to store custard is by covering it with plastic wrap (or placing in an airtight container) and keeping it in the refrigerator.

What other seasonings pair well with this baked custard recipe?

Ground cinnamon and ginger are tasty flavors of the season that can be sprinkled on top as well.

Can I use evaporated milk?

You can, but this is where adding sugar would come in as evaporated milk is unsweetened while condensed milk is sweetened. Sweetened condensed milk works best.

Can I use a baking dish instead of the slow cooker?

Yes. It will take about an hour or so, cooked at 350 degrees and place the dish in a water bath. It’s also typical to use small ramekins for individual serving sizes.

Can I make these in custard cups?

Yes, and you’ll want to add water halfway up the edges. See my flan recipe for exactly how to do this and for the timing.


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Close up of baked custard in a white crockpot.

Baked Custard Recipe

Love custard pie? Then you will love this baked custard recipe made with only a few ingredients and topped with nutmeg.

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Race: Dessert

Kitchen: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Services: 8

calories: 244calories


  • Spray an oval slow cooker with non stick spray. We are using an oval slow cooker to ensure the center of the custard sets before the edges burn.

  • In a medium sized bowl add the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla and salt.

  • Whisk until smooth, this will only take a minute or two.

  • For the egg mixture in to the slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours and 45 minutes. The custard will be set in the middle.

  • Remove the slow cooker insert from the heating unit and place on a wire rack to cook. Cool for an hour. Sprinkle the entire custard with nutmeg. Slice. Serve warm or cold

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Recipe Notes:

  • The ideal way to store custard is by covering it with plastic wrap (or placing in an airtight container) and keeping it in the refrigerator.
  • Ground cinnamon and ginger are tasty flavors of the season that can be sprinkled on top as well.

Nutrition Information:

calories: 244calories | Carbohydrates: 30g | protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 322mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 409UI | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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