In a large heavy saucepan, cook and stir 3/4 cup sugar over low heat until sugar is melted and golden.
Pour into eight 6 oz. custard cups, tilting to coat bottom of the cup. let stand for 10 minutes.
beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar until combined but not foamy. Pour over caramelized sugar.
Place the cups in two 8 - in. square baking pans.
Pour boiling water in pans to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 350c for 40 - 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean.
Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.
To unmold, run a knife around rim of the cup and invert onto dessert place.
Serve warm or chilled.