Our love affair with coffee dates back to the 15th century, where it was first cultivated in Ethiopia. Since then, coffee has been the universal hero responsible for countless early morning wakes up calls and midnight deadlines. As a barista, I believe that coffee is not just a beverage, it’s a lifestyle. That’s why I’m excited to share this cappuccino custard recipe with you.
Not only does this recipe highlight our beloved coffee flavor with instant espresso powder and cappuccino cream, but it is also sugar-free and low-carb. Yes, you read that right! You can indulge in your sweet tooth without expanding your waistline or spiking your blood sugar levels. This custard has all the creamy texture and rich taste of traditional egg custard without the added guilt. It’s a life-saver for those who want to watch their sugar intake but still savor the sweetness.
This dessert is perfect for any occasion; a mid-week treat or a weekend indulgence. Whether you prefer your coffee iced, hot, black or with milk foam on top, this custard is your soul mate as it blends two worlds together in perfect harmony: dessert and coffee. Let’s get started on this heavenly creation!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
My dear coffee lovers, let me tell you why you’ll absolutely fall in love with this Cappuccino Custard recipe. First of all, it is sugar-free, which means that even those who are on a low-carb or keto diet can indulge themselves in a creamy and decadent dessert. But don’t let “sugar-free” fool you into thinking it’s bland – this custard is bursting with heavenly cappuccino flavor.
This scrumptious custard recipe is made with instant coffee granules, espresso powder, and cappuccino mix to create the perfect coffee-infused base. Then, coconut milk, heavy cream, and eggs are added to create an ultra-rich and creamy texture. The best part? You can customize the sweetness to fit your taste buds – just add Splenda granular instead of sugar!
Not only is this recipe completely indulgent, but it’s also super easy to make! The ingredients are simple enough to find and put together in no time flat. Plus, you can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you’re not convinced yet, let me tell you that this custard goes well with everything from homemade whipped cream to fresh berries for added texture and flavor. Imagine savoring a spoonful of this creamy custard while enjoying your favorite book or movie. It’s the perfect comfort food for any occasion.
So go ahead, try out this Cappuccino Custard recipe and treat yourself to a velvety smooth dessert without compromising on its sugary taste!
Below are the ingredients you will need to make this rich and creamy Cappuccino Custard:
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules
- 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup of Splenda granular
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
This custard recipe is perfect for those who want a sugar-free version. You can also use other sugar alternatives such as com sugar-free to achieve that low-carb custard you’ve always wanted. Moreover, you can choose to use dairy-free alternatives like coconut milk to make it a vegan cappuccino custard.
Get the best out of your custard by using top-quality ingredients. I recommend using two teaspoons of one of my favorite instant espresso powder, Hills Bros Cappuccino Mix, for that distinctive coffee taste in our recipe. And don’t forget the pure vanilla extract to add a hint of sweetness and elevate its flavor.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we’ve got all our ingredients for this delicious sugar-free cappuccino custard, it’s time to get started on the recipe! Let’s move to the kitchen and bake up something amazing.
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
First things first, preheat your oven to 325°F. Get a medium-sized baking pan that will fit all of your custard cups or ramekins, placing it aside for now.
Step 2: Prep the Ingredients
To make your cappuccino custard, add two tablespoons of instant coffee granules and two teaspoons of cinnamon powder to a saucepan. Stir in one cup of milk, 2 tbsp of white chocolate, 4 tbsp of Splenda granular, and a pinch of salt. Set it over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
Step 3: Mix in Eggs
While the mixture is heating up, whisk three egg yolks in a small mixing bowl. Once the milk mixture comes to a boil, remove it from heat and gradually pour half of it into the egg yolks while constantly whisking.
Step 4: Add Vanilla Extract
Pour the newly added egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan with the remainder of the hot milk. Now add two tsp vanilla extract, stirring everything nicely together.
Step 5: Bake the Custard
Set the custard cups into a baking dish or pan. Pour in enough hot water until it reaches about halfway up the sides of your cups. Place them into your preheated oven on the center rack for around 20-30 minutes or until firmly set.
Step 6: Cool and Chill
Once done cooking, remove from oven and cool them down at room temperature before transferring them to chill in the fridge for approx. three hours or until they are completely cooled.
Optional (Step 7): Add Cocoa Powder and Whipped Cream
If you’d like, add a sprinkle of cocoa powder to each custard cup and top with some whipped cream before serving.
That’s it! Your delicious homemade cappuccino custard is now ready. Serve them up and enjoy the sugar-free dessert.
Substitutions and Variations
As a barista, I know that personalizing your coffee is essential for enjoying every sip. And that’s why I am delighted to give you some suggestions to experiment with the Cappuccino Custard recipe, so you can tailor it to your tastes even more.
If you want to make this recipe dairy-free, use almond or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. For a low-carb version, replace the sugar with a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol. You could also use cocoa powder instead of the cinnamon to make a mocha custard cappuccino.
To make it keto-friendly, you can replace the cornstarch with xanthan gum or chia seeds. Also, try adding a little bit of Kahlua liqueur for an extra special treat.
If you love pumpkin pie, you can adapt this recipe and make a Keto Pumpkin Custard by adding ½ cup of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.
If you want to have fun with serving sizes, instead of using custard cups or ramekins, grab some shot glasses and create Cappuccino Custard Shots.
On the other hand, if you love vanilla custard more than anything in the world, swap out the cappuccino mix for white chocolate bars or vanilla bean paste. Trust me, it will taste like heaven in every spoonful.
Remember that these are just ideas to inspire your creativity in making this delicious custard recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment and let your taste buds decide which combinations work best for you.
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing this delectable sugar-free cappuccino custard, there are many options to explore. You can choose to serve the custard chilled or warm, depending on your preference. I personally prefer serving it cold as it brings out the rich flavor of coffee and vanilla.
You can also use various toppings like whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, or a sprinkle of cinnamon powder to enhance the already delicious taste.
As for pairings, this custard goes well with various beverages like black coffee, iced coffee, and kahlua. The perfect after-dinner treat should be accompanied by something that compliments its flavors without overpowering them.
If you are looking for something more substantial, you can serve the cappuccino custard with chia pudding or baked egg custard. For low-carb options, you can pair it with keto pumpkin custard or vanilla bean avalanche. Trust me; these combinations will elevate your dessert game.
Whether you choose to serve this custard as a stand-alone dessert or pair it with a complementing dish, you’re in for a treat! With every bite, you’ll savor the rich and bold flavors of cappuccino and vanilla infused into this creamy and smooth creation that’ll transcend your senses to a world full of culinary dreams.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Making custard ahead of time is a great way to save time and make the most of your busy schedule. You can prepare this sugar-free cappuccino custard recipe a day in advance, or even two if you refrigerate it properly. Just follow the baking instructions given in the recipe and allow the custard to cool completely before covering it with plastic wrap and placing it in the refrigerator.
Storing this custard in the refrigerator is easy as long as you have an air-tight container. You can use glass jars, bowls or even plastic containers for convenience. You can store this cappuccino custard for up to a week in the fridge. However, let me remind you that longer storage periods may impact the texture and flavor of the custard.
Reheating baked egg custards like this cappuccino custard requires special attention to avoid overcooking and curdling. You can reheat the entire baking dish by placing it in moderate water for 30-40 minutes under low heat with constant stirring until heated through.
Alternatively, you can microwave individual portions. Place each chilled dish in the microwave oven and heat it for about 15-20 seconds at a time on low power setting until hot. It’s best to start with shorter intervals first to prevent overheating.
Baked custards like this one are also delightful when served cold. The creamy custard has a smooth texture that is perfect for enjoying cold or even partially frozen. If you want to enjoy a frozen version of this dessert, transfer the cooled custard into smaller serving dishes with lids and freeze them for up to three months.
P.S – Whether it’s baked egg custards like this vanilla cappuccino or chilled treats like chia pudding, storing them correctly will ensure their longevity and prevent wastage.
Tips for Perfect Results
Making the perfect cappuccino custard can be a bit tricky as it involves precise measurements and timings. As a barista who loves to experiment in the kitchen, I have some tips to share that will help you achieve the perfect cappuccino custard everytime.
1. Use quality ingredients – Using high-quality ingredients is essential in achieving the best possible flavour for your cappuccino custard. Try using vanilla extract instead of essence, and hills bros cappuccino mix for an intense coffee flavour.
2. Use white chocolate or cocoa powder – Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder or white chocolate to make a mocha custard cappuccino. You can use instant espresso powder if you want a more intense coffee flavour.
3. Heat milk before adding it to the egg mixture – This prevents the egg mixture from curdling and gives it a smooth texture.
4. Use Splenda Granular instead of sugar – Splenda Granular is a great alternative to sugar and is low-carb, sugar-free, and keto-friendly.
5. Bake in an inch baking pan – Baking your cappuccino custard in an inch baking pan provides even heating and ensures that it cooks evenly.
6. Let it cool before serving – Cappuccino custards are best served chilled. Allow them to cool at room temperature before placing them in the refrigerator.
7. Experiment with variations – Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of your cappuccino custard recipe! Maybe try adding coconut milk or heavy cream for a dairy-free version, or chia pudding for a more nutritious twist.
8. Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon – Add some whipped cream on top of your custard cups for an extra touch of sweetness, and sprinkle some cinnamon powder to give it that authentic cappuccino feel.
By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to creating delicious cappuccino custards that are low-carb, sugar-free, and keto-friendly!
In conclusion, this cappuccino custard recipe is a must-try for coffee lovers looking for a sugar-free and low-carb dessert option. With its rich and creamy taste, it’s hard to believe that it’s healthy too. Whether you prefer your coffee as a latte, cappuccino or mocha, you can easily modify this recipe to suit your preference by swapping in different coffee flavors or adding cocoa powder.
Plus, with its simple list of ingredients and straightforward instructions, making homemade custard has never been easier. You’ll impress your guests with this sophisticated dessert without having to spend hours in the kitchen.
So why not give this cappuccino custard recipe a try for your next dinner party or treat yourself to a special dessert at home? Your taste buds (and waistline) will thank you later!
Cappuccino Custard - Sugar Free Recipe
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 1/2 cups milk (replace 1/4 cup of the milk with 1/4 cup sugar free chocolate sauce or syrup for a mocha!)
- 1/2 cup Splenda granular
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules (use decaf crystals if you prefer)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place six 4-ounce custard cups into a 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Whisk together the eggs, salt, milk, Splenda, vanilla, coffee granules, and cinnamon. Pour, through a sieve, into the custard cups. Fill baking pan with 1 inch of hottest tap water. Bake for 25-40 minutes or until set on the edges but still slightly jiggly in the center. (A sharp knife should come out clean when inserted into the middle and nothing should ooze from the cut when pressed.) Remove custards from water bath and allow to cool on a wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.