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[kuhs-terd] /ˈkʌs tərd/
a dessert made of eggs, sugar, and milk, either baked, boiled, or frozen.
Origin of custard
1400-50; late Middle English, metathetic variant of earlier crustade kind of pie. See crust, -ade1; compare Provençal croustado Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Furious, she managed to find a custard pie and threw it in his face.
  • There are a range of options: ice cream, custard or sweetened whipped cream folded together with fresh fruit.
  • She had made a vanilla cream cake with custard and spun sugar.
  • Carefully pour custard mixture equally into pumpkins.
British Dictionary definitions for custard


a baked sweetened mixture of eggs and milk
a sauce made of milk and sugar and thickened with cornflour
Word Origin
C15: alteration of Middle English crustade kind of pie, probably from Old Provençal croustado, from crostacrust
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Word Origin and History for custard

mid-14c., "meat or fruit pie," crustade, from Middle French croustade (Modern French coutarde), from Old Provençal croustado "fruit tart," literally "something covered with crust," from crosta "crust," from Latin crusta (see crust (n.)). Modern meaning is c.1600. Spelling change perhaps by influence of mustard.

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