Oeufs au Lait recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 40 minutes

This easy baked custard recipe is a very traditional French dessert, made with just four ingredients. It's a really handy dessert to have up your sleeve when all you have in are eggs and milk - plus, you can add different flavours to it if you like.


  • 2 eggs
  • 425 milk
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Butter four ramekins and heat the oven to 140C. Put a kettle of water onto boil.

  2. Put the milk, sugar and vanilla into a pan, then bring to the boil and heat very briefly until the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Beat the eggs until frothy in a large bowl, then gradually whisk in the milk. Put the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and cook, whisking, until the custard thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.

  4. Strain through a sieve and pour into 4 ramekins. Place into a roasting tin and put into the oven, then pour boiling water halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Put into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the custards are just set with a wobble in the middle. Serve them warm, if you like, or cool.

Serve these ramekins with a dollop of fruit coulis or jam, or a little chocolate sauce. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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