Baked Spiced Quinoa Custard (gf)

, from Issue #78. May, 2018
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Baked Spiced Quinoa Custard (gf)

I love baked custardy style puddings. This one uses warm, aromatic spices and healthy quinoa and is comfort in a bowl.

Serves: 6–8


1 cup cream
1 cup milk
3 large eggs, size 7
½ cup golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
2 tablespoons brown rice flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup golden or regular raisins
1 cup cooked white quinoa (½ cup raw)
¼ cup flaked almonds
5 cup-capacity baking dish


Preheat the oven to 140°C, not fan bake.

Heat the cream and milk in a small saucepan to just below the boil. Take off the heat and set aside.

Whisk the eggs, golden syrup, vanilla and lemon zest and juice together for 1 minute in a large bowl.

Combine the flour, salt and all the spices and whisk into the egg mixture. Stir the baking soda into the warm cream, then stirring constantly, gradually whisk into the egg mixture.

Stir in the raisins and cooked quinoa. Pour into the baking dish, then stir to make sure the quinoa is spread evenly and scatter over the almonds.

Bake for 2 hours or until the custard is set and lightly golden.Serve warm with pouring cream. Serves 6–8.