I learned to make Instant Pot Caramel Custard is when I was 14, and I made it (and ate it) quite often. It’s very easy to make, and yet it looks so elegant. This custard is quite different from a flan. It’s not as sweet, and it’s not as dense. It’s a light, flavor-packed, sweet little morsel. It has eggs and milk, so you can eat it for breakfast and tell yourself it’s perfectly okay to do that. And it is okay (there have to be some upsides to being a grown up, right?)
So this is actually a very popular dessert in India, which I know is not what you think of when you think of Indian food. But with the variety of different influences from various cultures, this is a staple in many households.
Two things to note. Do not, do not at all lick the spoon after you create your caramel. That stuff is hot and sticky and it will burn you. Honestly I make the kid and the dog get out of the kitchen so no one trips me as I’m trying to pour it. Don’t stick your finger in it to taste it. I know this sounds obvious, but trust me, remind yourself of this before you start to cook this. The caramel looks so dang yummy, it’s easy to forget.
Secondly, don’t be like me and think you’ll just blend this and not whisk it by hand. Mine got so frothy I had to wait for an hour for the bubbles to subside, and I think it affected my final product. Your ingredients should be well-incorporated, but we’re not making a milkshake here, so go easy.
Oh and three. It will not taste good if eaten hot. So plan ahead and chill it. It’s well-worth it. My dad used to have this with whipped cream on top, and that is never a bad way to go.
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup sweetener of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat 5 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoon of water in a pot on the stove. Allow the sugar to caramelize without stirring (it will seize if you stir, especially once it's started boiling). You want a rich, deep color, but you don’t want it burned. For this step, you need real sugar. Sweetener won’t caramelize as it should.
Quickly pour this caramel into 6 inch soufflé dish that fits inside your Instant Pot.
Be careful not to get any of it on you and do not lick the spoon! This stuff is hot and sticky and burns if licked (how do I know this?).
- In a bowl, hand whisk together the eggs, milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract. As tempting as it is, don’t put in a blender. It gets too frothy.
Strain this mixture on top of your hardened caramel. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
- Place 2 cups of water in your Instant Pot, and place a trivet at the bottom. Set it to VENTING, (you won’t be pressure cooking this). Place the dish on the trivet, and set your Instant Pot to sauté for 22 minutes.
- The pot will turn itself off or to keep warm after 22 minutes. Wait until you can open it safely, and use a toothpick in the center to check for doneness. The center will be jiggly, but the toothpick should come out clean.
- Refrigerate for 4-6 hours until well chilled.
- When ready to serve, use a knife to loosen the edges, place a plate on top of the dish, and Invert it. Thump the bottom of the dish to help it along if needed. The custard should un-mold really easily.