I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of keeping a pantry so well stocked that trips to the grocery store are on the order of a few times a year instead of a few times a month. I have not always succeeded. Okay, I’ve never pulled it off. Not yet. But I keep practicing how to do it. My next challenge is to cook our Thanksgiving meal’s dessert with only the ingredients found in my usual supply of pantry staples. It will be a good test for my ability to improvise in an emergency situation.
Prepper Pantry Egg Custard
One of my all-time favorite desserts is egg custard, and as I recall my grandmothers and great-grandmothers usually included an egg custard on their Thanksgiving dinner menu – matter of fact, they would include egg custard for any big dinner. I think it is because they usually cooked lots of different food dishes with the ingredients combined easily into egg custard.
- 3 eggs
- 1 can evaporated milk – 12 ounces
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
- Mix all the ingredients together until well blended and dump it all in a buttered and flour-dusted pie pan. Cook it in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes (or until it is golden brown). Easy as pie!
Over at Hillbilly Housewife you will find a recipe for Baked Custard that uses powdered milk if you prefer that to evaporated milk. I prefer to keep both canned evaporated milk and powdered milk in my pantry so it is a toss up on which recipe I will use this Thanksgiving.
Simple Basic Cake Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup flour, sifted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- While your oven heats up to 350 degrees, mix the room-temperature butter and sugar together thoroughly. Add eggs and mix until well combined. Add the baking powder and flour to the mixture, and mix until there are no clumps left unbeaten.
- Butter and flour a pan and pour the cake batter into it. Bake until it passes the toothpick test, which is about 25 minutes.
- This is a basic cake but one we usually have all the ingredients for on hand. If you keep a few cans of canned frosting hidden in the pantry for just such an occasion, you will be well-rewarded when it is presented to your family.
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