Homemade custard

Homemade custard

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
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  • Serves: 600 persons



  1. 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.
  2. Step 2

    Lightly whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar (and cornflour if you are using it) until pale and thick.
  3. 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.