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Dessert shooter custard recipe

Updated on August 10, 2013

Make a light egg custard (AKA flan) for the middle of your next dessert shooter!

Dessert shooters are those cute little mini desserts you see served in restaurants today. Many claim to have been the first to feature dessert shooters on the menu; my first experience with these mini dessert delights was at the local Applebee's. From my very first spoonful, I was hooked! And, I was about to become the Dessert Shooter Queen (just check out some of my other dessert shooter lenses to the right under "Related Lenses" for verification). These little desserts are so easy to make and, when placed in small pretty glasses, they make a very beautiful presentation. Your dinner guests will love these small sweet offerings and will be amazed at your culinary skills.

Doris, one of my caregivers for my Mom, is teaching me some interesting recipes which are low in sodium and delicious. She made this delightful egg custard for my Mom - I think it would work great surrounded by some plump raspberries as the middle layer of a dessert shooter.

Here's how to make it - it's almost too easy!

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Ramekins on Amazon

Ramekins (small individual dishes) are a perfect way to bake (and serve) an egg custard but, the best way to serve it is as the middle layer of a tasty dessert shooter!

Since I cook a lot of individual dinners and desserts for my elderly Mom, I love these ramekins! I'll make a small chicken pot pie, take it out of the ramekin and freeze it. Much better than buying the frozen chicken pot pies which are filled with sodium.

This egg custard recipe will make a light dessert shooter center for two or three small mini desserts. If you're serving more guests, just increase the quantities.

If you're setting up a dessert shooter bar, why not bake the egg custard in one larger glass bowl? Let your guests just dip out as much as they want.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 T sugar


  1. I told you it was easy.
  2. First off, get a saucepan which will hold both of the glasses you're going to cook your egg custard in. Put in one of the empty ramekins or pyrex bowls and add water to about 3/4" from the top of the bowl. Remove bowl and boil water.
  3. While the water is boiling, lightly mix the eggs and sugar. If you like a fluffier custard, mix it until the eggs and sugar are pale yellow. Slowly add in the milk and mix to combine.
  4. Here comes the tricky part:
  5. Remove the boiling water from the flame for ease of preparation for this step. Place a folded paper towel in the water (this will keep the bowls from clattering as they you cook the flan.
  6. Place the egg custard bowls in the water on top of the paper towel and slowly pour in the mixture.
  7. Place the pan back over a low flame - it should just simmer from this point on. Place a top on the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. After 5 minutes, turn off the flame and allow the pan to stay on the hot burner, covered, for another 10 minutes.
  9. After 10 minutes, remove the cooked egg custard. If you want to prefer the top from thickening as it cools, cover with Saran Wrap. Refrigerate prior to serving.
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Egg custard puddings

If you're a lazy cook, check out these easy-to-make puddings on Amazon. They're almost as delicious as homemade egg custard. Regardless of how you make your flan, I'm confident that your dessert shooter will be hit!

If you do decide you're a lazy cook, check out my friend, Peggy Hazelwood's great article Easy recipes by a lazy cook.

Pyrex dishes

I have a set of small pyrex dishes (about 4 ounces) which were given to my Mother as a wedding present waaaay back in the day - 1941! I use at least one of these every single day. They're perfect for a dessert shooter egg custard as they can be placed directly in the boiling water.

Personalize your egg custard to your taste

The recipe I just gave you is for the most basic egg custard, but there's no reason to stop there! With a little imagination, you can turn a basic egg custard into the most delicious dessert shooter ever.

Here's some ideas to add into the mixture before you boil it:

1. A dash of cinnamon.

2. 1/4 t vanilla

3. 1/4 t flavored oils (see Amazon module below)

4. 1/2 t cocoa

5. A few small marshmallows

6. Chocolate chips

7. Lemon or lime zest

Some dessert shooter ideas to get you started

One of the great things about these mini desserts is that it's so easy to be creative when you're putting together your dessert shooters. Almost anything goes! There is one thing to remember though - you should mix textures in any good dessert shooter. Since this egg custard is so soft and creamy, other layers should have a bit of chewiness or crunch to them.

Use any (or all!) of the below ingredients as an accompanying ingredient in your egg custard dessert shooter.

  1. Shaved chocolate
  2. Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries.
  3. Whipped cream makes a great topping to any dessert shooter
  4. Pound cake or sponge cake soaked in a liquor of your choice
  5. Lady fingers
  6. Brown sugar mixed with graham cracker crumbs and a bit of butter - press into the bottom of the dessert shooter glass.
  7. Crushed pineapple
  8. Candied fruit
  9. Ice cream toppings such as butterscotch or hot fudge
  10. Crushed cookies
  11. Vanilla wafers are delicious with egg custard and some banana

Are you a fan of flan (sorry, had to...) - Please give me comments; the good, the bad, and the ugly are welcome!

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    • readty7 profile image

      readty7 4 years ago

      I love egg custard or flan, I always make them they are so fresh and yummy, I find them tasty of chocolate, vanilla or any flavour,

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Love the dessert shooter idea. Not so sure about custard though

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes... I do love my flan. I think this flan/custard shooter would look fabulous layered with fruit (especially raspberries). Can't wait to see what your next featured dessert shooter will be.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Yes, I am. love them.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Let's not forget Key Lime desserts. My daughter turned me on to those.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      I love corn fritters!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      You really love your mom! She must have been such a loving person to have you as a daughter. You are one of my overall favorites. Thank you for showing people how to love.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I am a fan of flan. Thanks for asking!

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      SmartyGirlRenee 6 years ago

      such a great idea! Will you make a future lens on frozen custard too?

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      Ramona 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Your Mom is very Lucky to have such a caring daughter. Not to mention......get's all kinds of dessert shooters to taste test. LOL!!!!!!

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      I love custard! Looking for lemon custard recipes too-thanks for the recipe!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love flan--and custard. This looks like a very simple recipe for homemade custard--I'm going to try it as soon as I get the chance, because it's getting harder and harder to find custard mix in local supermarkets.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm the lazy cook, so I'll buy get some packaged flan mix for my dessert shooters. Love the flavor of flan.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      This sounds quite good! I'd like to try it sometime! Great work!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, that custard looks easy to make! Thanks for this simple recipe with good instructions. Thanks!!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you SO much for your angel blessing! What a surprise1

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 6/14/2011. Have a great day!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @priscillab: Priscilla, I'd have to be on 1001 dessert shooters at this point! Good thing I like the little things. One of my favorite serving glasses is an old jelly jar from days of yore. Hmmm...I smell another lens in the making...

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      I think that the possibilities are endless for delicious dessert shooter recipes. I love the idea of using vintage (or antique) serving dishes really makes it all the more special and elegant. Keep it up (the dessert shooters) and you better be working on an ebook- 101 Dessert Shooters or something like that!