Learn How To Make Easy Home Made Custard. A great addition to your dessert. Pour some over your delicious apple pie or pudding! Serve warm or chilled. This is a wonderfully easy recipe and once you've made it from scratch, you won't be buying store-bought custard again!

How To Make Home Made Custard - A great addition to your dessert. Pour some over your delicious apple pie or pudding! Always a hit at dessert time! Serve warm or chilled. | Lovefoodies.com

Nothing beats Home Made Custard. I like it so much I often serve it with puddings, or just eat it straight from the bowl. The addition of using the seeds from the vanilla pod really does make a difference, so if your budget will allow, it is well worth adding it to the custard.

The silkiness and creamy texture combined with the smell from the vanilla truly is a pleasure.

This custard is best eaten as soon as it is cooked. Whilst you can leave it to stand for a while, it will separate slightly, and I've found that the texture does change a little when it is reheated.

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You can also use this custard in trifles, such as our Blueberry and Lemon Trifle.   You can also use this homemade custard in our Easy Banana Cream Cake Trifle. Banana's and trifle is such a wonderful combination. Sometimes I just serve warmed custard poured over sliced bananas. The kiddies love it too!  It's delicious chilled too!

Do I need to add cornstarch to custard?

There is some controversy around adding corn starch or not to add it in the recipe. I have added it, simply because it helps to stabilize the eggs when they are being cooked. If you don't cook this slowly on a low heat, you will more than likely end up with a scrambled egg dish, so the trick is, low heat and keep stirring!

TIP: If you ever end up buying cake from a shop and it is a bit dry, add some warmed custard and it works a treat!

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make this lovely Home Made Custard. Please enjoy!

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

5-7 minutes

Yield

3-4 servings

You will need

1 Saucepan, 1 mixing bowl, 1 hand whisk, 1 sieve

INGREDIENTS

** This is a pouring custard
1 pint or 2 1/2 cups of milk
1 Vanilla Pod or 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon of sugar
6 Egg Yolks (use the leftover egg whites to make meringues!)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Remove the seeds from the vanilla pod and place in pan together with the pod and the milk. If not using vanilla pod, you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence instead to the milk. Heat on a low heat until simmering. Once the milk starts to simmer, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes.

If you add the milk to the eggs when it is too hot, you will most likely scramble the eggs, so allow to cool a little

How To Make Home Made Custard , adding vanilla to milk

2. Separate egg yolks and in a large bowl,

At this stage, you can add different flavorings if you wish, e.g. 2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder, or 1 teaspoon lemon or almond essence.

How To Make Home Made Custard, making egg yolk mixture

add the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.

How To Make Home Made Custard, making egg yolk mixture

3. Once the milk is cool enough to touch, add to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.

How To Make Home Made Custard, add egg yolk mixture to milk

4. Pass the mixture through a sieve to remove the vanilla pod and any lumps. and return the mixture to the heat. Gently heat, stirring all the time until the custard thickens. This will take about 3 - 4 minutes.

How To Make Home Made Custard, pass mixture through a seive

Scrape the vanilla seeds from the underside of the sieve and add them to the milk. We don't want to waste these!

Once it thickens to your desired consistency (it should coat the back of a spoon and be thickish like yogurt), transfer to a serving jug or directly in to bowls.

Delicious served with our Almond and Pear Crumble!

Pear Almond Crumble. It's got a nice refreshing taste, easy to make and great with ice cream or custard. Very delicious!

How about making some meringues with your left over egg whites? Click here to see the recipe.

How To Make Meringues - Make a great dessert by adding whipped cream and or ice cream and a sprinkle of fresh fruits or berries. Easy Step by Step Instructions!

Flavour Ideas

You can add different flavors to your custard, at stage 2 in this recipe.
Here are some ideas;
1 tsp Almond Essence
1 tsp Lemon essence
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon Brandy, Rum or Whiskey

How To Make Home Made Custard - A great addition to your dessert. Pour some over your delicious apple pie or pudding! Always a hit at dessert time! Serve warm or chilled.

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How To Make Home Made Custard - A great addition to your dessert. Pour some over your delicious apple pie or pudding! Always a hit at dessert time! Serve warm or chilled.

How To Make Home Made Custard

Yield: 3 - 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Learn How To Make Easy Home Made Custard. A great addition to your dessert. Using delicious vanilla beans. Serve warm or chilled.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint or 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Pod or 1 Vanilla Essence
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 6 Egg Yolks

Instructions

  1. Remove the seeds from the vanilla pod and place in pan together with the pod and the milk. If not using vanilla pod, you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence instead to the milk. Heat on a low heat until simmering. Once the milk starts to simmer, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
  2. Separate egg yolks and in a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
  3. At this stage, you can add different flavourings if you wish, e.g. 2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder, or 1 teaspoon lemon or almond essence.
  4. Once the milk is cool enough to touch, add to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.
  5. Pass the mixture through a sieve to remove the vanilla pod and any lumps. and return the mixture to the heat. Gently heat, stirring all the time until the custard thickens. This will take about 3 - 4 minutes.
  6. Scrape the vanilla seeds from the underside of the sieve and add them to the milk. We don't want to waste these!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 289mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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  1. Good Grief ! ! ! Sharon baylen: How about posting some of your recipes and let people be just as direct in their critiques. Everyone does not find “less sugar” to be boring. There are plenty of people who like just a hint of sugar and enjoy tasting the creaminess of the milk and egg combination. If you don’t know that skin forms on top, it will not ruin the recipe; you just lift it off. I think your critique was very harsh; “everyone in this world” makes mistakes. Oh, I guess you don’t.

  2. 2 stars
    Boring!!!not sweet enough. You should teach the young people how to make this . You can wait 5 min before you add the the egg mixture if you must but all one has to do is stir constantly and I mean constantly , no breaks, and itโ€™ll turn out great and you failed to tell them about putting on a plastic shield to prevent a skin