These delicious custard squares go wonderfully with Spiced Syrup, and offer a superb treat at the end of a meal.

Orange-Scented Custard
Cut in 2-inch squares. Serve with Spiced Syrup on the side.
Serves: 24
  • 4 Cups milk
  • 1 3/4 Cups sugar
  • 3/4 Cup farina
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, plus butter for baking dish
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons orange or peach-flavored liqueur
  • 10 eggs; separated
  • Spiced Syrup, see Recipe
  • ground cinnamon; for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, combine milk and one half of the sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  3. Slowly add farina, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens and is smooth. Add the 1 cup butter and stir over low heat until completely blended into milk mixture.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla, orange zest, and liqueur. Stir well and cool to room temperature.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg yolks and the remaining sugar and beat with a rotary beater or an electric beater until frothy.
  6. In a second bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold whites into yolks. Add cooled milk mixture and stir well.
  7. Butter a 9- by 13-inch baking dish and pour batter into it. Bake until firm and a knife inserted in center comes out clean (about 35 minutes).
  8. While custard is baking, prepare Spiced Syrup. Remove custard from oven and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Let cool to room temperature.
Yield: 2 dozen squares.

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