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EatingWell Test Kitchen
“For the richest flavor, use maple syrup graded “Dark Amber” to make these custards.”
½ cup pure maple syrup, plus 4 teaspoons for topping, divided
¾ cup nonfat milk
⅔ cup evaporated fat-free milk
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1Bring ½ cup maple syrup to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cook until thickened and reduced to about ¼ 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.
2Lightly 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.
3Place 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.
4Serve the custards warm or chilled, with 1 teaspoon of the remaining maple syrup drizzled over each.
5Oven Variation: Preheat oven to 350°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.