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Homemade custard

Published: March 28, 2022 at 2:29 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • A little effort
  • Makes 600ml (serves 4)

This easy custard is rich with eggs and cream and flavoured with fresh vanilla. Make a batch for the family this weekend to go with your favourite pudding

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal560
fat43g
saturates21.8g
carbs37.9g
protein7.6g
salt0.15g
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Try this recipe for homemade custard and serve it with one of our classic desserts, such as apple crumble, bread and butter pudding or treacle tart.

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 250ml milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 120g golden caster sugar
  • 1 dsp (if making the thicker custard) cornflour

Method

  • STEP 1

    Split the vanilla pod in half and scrape the seeds out with the point of a knife. Put both the pod and seeds in a medium pan with the milk and cream. Bring to the boil slowly then take off the heat and leave to stand.

  • STEP 2

    Lightly whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar (and cornflour if you are using it) until pale and thick.

  • STEP 3

    Whisk in the vanilla-infused milk – fish the pod out first – then wipe out the pan (to get rid of any milk that has caught on the base) and strain the custard mixture back in. Put it back on a medium heat, stirring continuously until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Don’t let it overheat or boil or the egg will curdle. Serve with your favourite pudding.

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