Use this easy custard recipe to make delicious thick custard at home with basic store cupboard ingredients – you’ll never want to buy it again.
Until you make custard from scratch at home, you’ll never realise how easy it is.
When you’ve got it mastered, you’ll never want to buy it from the shop again!
This recipe will give you a thick custard that is perfect warm over a pudding, although you may just want to eat it from the pan with a spoon!
It’s also great cooled down if you want to eat it cold.
Easy custard recipe
Making your own custard at home is easy.
You just need to be aware in advance that things could go wrong, so take your time and read through the instructions.
Because you’re working with eggs and warm cream/milk, the eggs could start to scramble if you add things together too quickly. You can easily avoid this by taking your time and cooking the custard over low heat.
Remember – just keep stirring and the custard will be lovely and thick 🙂
You need to allow yourself the 15 minutes uninterrupted to make it. If you know they’ll be a knock at the door or the kids will want you to do something else, look to make your custard another time.
It’s simple to grab a tin of custard or a packet of custard powder to heat up at home, but custard uses store cupboard ingredients that you’ll likely already have in.
You only need to use the yolks of the eggs so, to avoid waste, look to make an egg white omelette, for Meringues, as a glaze for bread or pastries or in a mouse.
Can custard be frozen?
Custard can store ok in the fridge for a few days. If you want to reheat it, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each interval. Alternatively, heat it on the hob, remember to stir all the time to prevent a skin forming on tip.
Custard does not store well in the freezer, as the custard ingredients separate.
If you’re not going to get round to eating all the custard, you may want to consider making custard ice cream to avoid food waste.
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Easy Custard Recipe - 23p per serving
- 200 ml double cream 64p, 32p/100ml
- 700 ml whole milk 28p, 44p/l
- 4 egg yolks 52p, 13p each
- 1 ½ tbsp cornflour 6p, 26p/100g
- 100 g caster sugar 16p, 16p/100g
- 1 tsp vanilla extract 16p, £3.17/100g
- Whisk together the egg yolks, cornflour, sugar and vanilla in a bowl.
- Put the cream and milk in a large pan and gently heat so it's just below boiling. Pour hot milk mixture into the egg mix, constantly whisking.
- Quickly clean the saucepan and pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Heat gently until the custard starts to thicken - don’t overcook or it will go lumpy!
- Serve immediately (can be cooled and eaten cold too!)