For the richest flavor, use maple syrup graded “Dark Amber” to make these custards. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1995

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  • Bring 1/2 cup maple syrup to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cook until thickened and reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low, pour in fat-free milk and evaporated fat-free milk. Stir until the syrup has blended with the milk. Remove from the heat.

  • Lightly whisk whole eggs and egg yolks in a mixing bowl until combined. Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the eggs. Skim off any foam and pour the mixture into four 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins.

  • Place the filled custard cups 1 inch apart on a large plate. Microwave, uncovered, on Medium power for 3 minutes; rotate the plate a quarter turn and microwave for 2 minutes more. Check for doneness; custard should be well set 1 inch in from the edge and softly set in the center. Remove any custards as they are done; continue microwaving the remaining custards, checking for doneness every 30 seconds. Transfer to a rack to cool until serving.

  • Serve the custards warm or chilled, with 1 teaspoon of the remaining maple syrup drizzled over each.

  • Oven Variation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the filled custard cups in a shallow baking dish and add enough hot water to come two-thirds of the way up the sides of the cups. Bake until a knife inserted in the center of a custard comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; 4.8 g total fat; 1.7 g saturated fat; 188 mg cholesterol; 113 mg sodium. 356 mg potassium; 38.9 g carbohydrates; 35 g sugar; 9.3 g protein; 432 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 30 mcg folate; 252 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 30 mg magnesium;