Baked Custard with Fruit Compote

A delicious light dessert of silky baked custard served with a compote of plums, strawberries and blueberries.

Baked Custard with Fruit Compote

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 24 hours
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes
  • Standing time: 20–30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the fruit compote
  • 85 g (3 oz) sugar (½ cup less 1 tbsp)
  • 170 g (6 oz) plums (about 4)
  • 170 g (6 oz) strawberries, hulled and halved (⅞ cup)
  • 170 g (6 oz) blueberries (1 cup)
  • For the custard
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) whole/full fat milk (⅔ cup)
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) single cream/table cream (⅔ cup)
  • 2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.)
  • 28 g (1 oz) caster/white sugar (2 tbsp)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

To serve

  • Single cream/table cream


  • a shallow ovenproof dish with a capacity of 600 ml (20 fl oz) (3 cups)
  • a small roasting tin/pan

  • Method
  • For the fruit compote
  • Wash the plums, halve and remove the stones. Pour 300 ml (10 fl oz) of water into a pan, add the sugar and stir over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the syrup-water to a simmer and add the plums. Cook for one minute. Remove from the heat, cover and leave for 10–15 minutes until the fruit has softened but still keeps its shape.
  • Meanwhile, wash the berries, hull and halve the strawberries. Add them to the plums and stir to distribute the fruit. Transfer the fruit to a serving dish, cover and chill for 24 hours.

  • For the custard
  • The next day prepare the custard.

  • Heat the oven to 170°C (325°F) (gas 3)

  • Pour the milk and cream into a mixing bowl and add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine and then strain the custard into the ovenproof dish.

  • Pour the custard into the ovenproof dish and place this in the roasting tin/pan. Then slowly pour cold water into the roasting tin/pan to a depth of at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). Carefully slide onto the middle rack in the oven and bake the custard for 50 minutes until it is set but still has a slight wobble in the centre when gently moved. It will also have an attractive golden skin. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20–30 minutes.
  • To serve
  • Remove the fruit compote from the fridge to bring it to room temperature.

  • Divide the custard between four dessert dishes and then spoon the compote around. Cream can also be poured over for a little bit of extra indulgence.
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