Ma Perry’s Boiled Custard - Carolina Country

Ma Perry’s Boiled Custard

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Ma Perry’s Boiled Custard

Boiled Custard has been a Perry family Christmas tradition since before I was born, and I keep the tradition alive by making it with my nephew each year. 


  • ½ gallon sweet milk*
  • 2 tall (12 ounce) cans Pet milk
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, blended until foamy
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine milks and sugar in heavy pot over double boiler. Stir constantly until this almost boils. (This can take up to 30 minutes.) Slowly and rapidly whisk in the eggs to keep them from “cooking” as added. Bring mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium. Stir often and cook for about 45 minutes or until custard coats metal spoon. 

  2. Remove from heat. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla and more sugar if necessary. Cool in freezer until freezing begins around edges. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks. Consistency should be somewhat thick but pourable. 

    *Back in the day, “sweet” (whole) milk would be written to differentiate from (cultured) buttermilk or sour cream.

My grandma served put-up strawberries with her custard, but we also enjoy it with these Cinnamon-Butter Krispy Kreme “Kroutons” made with our favorite North Carolina natives, Krispy Kreme doughuts.

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist specializing in N.C.-made food products and small N.C. farms

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