a dessert made of eggs, sugar, and milk, either baked, boiled, or frozen.

1400–50; late Middle English, metathetic variant of earlier crustade kind of pie. See crust, -ade1; compare Provençal croustado Unabridged
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custard (ˈkʌstəd)
1.  a baked sweetened mixture of eggs and milk
2.  a sauce made of milk and sugar and thickened with cornflour
[C15: alteration of Middle English crustade kind of pie, probably from Old Provençal croustado, from crostacrust]

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Word Origin & History

c.1353, crustade, from O.Prov. croustado, from crosta "crust," from L. crusta (see crust), originally a meat or fruit pie, modern meaning is c.1600.
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mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, and flavourings which attains its consistency by the coagulation of the egg protein by heat. Baked custard contains whole eggs, which cause the dish to solidify to a gel. Flan, or creme caramel, is a custard baked in a dish coated with caramelized sugar that forms a sauce when the custard is unmolded. For creme brulee, the baked custard is sprinkled with sugar that is caramelized under a broiler or with a hot iron called a salamander. The sugar forms a thin, crisp shell over the custard.

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Example sentences
To speed cooling so you can freeze the ice cream right away, chill the cooked
  custard in ice water.
Freeze custard in ice cream maker, in batches if necessary.
Freeze custard in ice cream maker until almost firm.
The foundation is a homemade sponge cake, which soaks up all the flavors of the
  custard without getting mushy.
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