- Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight by Ogden Nash
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup honey crystals (or brown sugar)
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups half and half
- ground cinnamon
- mixing spoons
- mixing bowls
- green food coloring
- chocolate chips
- red licorice
Set Up and PrepareBe sure to check with the kitchen staff about using the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Share with students that they will be making "dragon custard," a custard that will look like Custard the Dragon.
The following recipe comes from The Prepared Pantry.
1. You will bake these custards in a baking dish filled with water. Place four to six custard cups or small bowls in the baking dish if you are making individual custards. Place a soufflÃ© dish in the center of the baking dish if you are making a single dessert.
2. Whisk the eggs, honey crystals, vanilla, salt, and half and half in a bowl until smooth but not foamy. Pour the mixture into the dish or dishes. Add some green food coloring--the same color as Custard the Dragon's scales. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon.
3. Pour very hot water into the baking dish and around the dessert dishes and to a depth of one-inch.
4. Bake six dishes for about 30 minutes, four dishes for about 40 minutes, and a single dish for about 55 minutes. Baking times will vary depending on the baking dishes used and the temperature and amount of water surrounding the dishes. The custards are done when a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. After cooling, the custards should be refrigerated.
Once the custard has cooled, students can use the chocolate chips for Custard's eyes, and the licorice for his tongue. Enjoy!
Supporting All Learners
It's easiest to have small groups of students work on this activity, while others are working on a different project.
Be certain to have students wash their hands before handling the food.