According to a website that charts holidays, Aug. 17 is National Vanilla Custard Day. Lots of people including children and adults love this sweet pudding-like dessert.
Vanilla custard is made with just a few ingredients: vanilla, eggs, sugar, and milk. Vanilla custard can be enjoyed on its own or as a topping for other desserts.
Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk. Depending on how much egg or thickener is used, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce to a thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs. Custard bases may also be used for quiches and other savory foods.
Vanilla custard has been around since the Middle Ages, and was traditionally used as a pie filling. A very simple custard tart was a popular dessert during that time period. Today, custard is an important component in many dessert recipes including éclairs, trifle, and Boston cream pie.
Custard is usually cooked in a double boiler, or heated very gently in a saucepan on a stove, though custard can also be steamed, baked in the oven with or without a water bath, or even cooked in a pressure cooker.
One thing to remember about vanilla custard is that it is not the same as vanilla pudding that's celebrated on May 22. Vanilla pudding is known as the "busy-day dessert" because it is so easy to make.
To celebrate National Vanilla Custard Day, whip up your favorite homemade custard dessert to share with friends and family. There are many quick and easy recipes online that you can use.