The best custard from scratch

14 Dec


At Christmas you NEED this recipe in your repertoire. At Easter you need it. Heck, I doubt you’ll ever regret learning how to make the easiest, most luscious vanilla-speckled custard from scratch (unless you are a custard fan and this recipe pushes you into full blown addiction).

I have tried many, many custard recipes over the years and I can say, hand on heart, that this is the easiest and best. It is true and real and the sort of finishing touch that desserts such as apple pie, crumble or even just ice-cream benefits from.

As well as tasting incredible it is faff-free and easy as 1 2 3.

It will thicken on standing.

It is from the BBC online food section.

Freeze the unneeded egg whites and use next time you are making pavlova or meringue.



2 large free-range egg yolks

2 teaspoons cornflour

25 grams caster sugar

½ tsp good-quality vanilla extract

250ml milk

250ml double cream (I used thickened cream as it was in the fridge and it turned out perfectly)


Put the egg yolks in a medium saucepan with the cornflour and sugar. Add the vanilla extract, and use a metal whisk to combine all the ingredients.

Gradually whisk in the milk and cream then place the pan over a low heat and cook gently for 6-8 minutes, whisking constantly, until smooth and thick (do not allow the custard to boil.)

Remove from the heat and stir for another minute or two.

When it has cooled pour into a jug, cover with plastic wrap and leave in fridge until needed.



33 Responses to “The best custard from scratch”

  1. Aruna Panangipally December 14, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Bookmarked for an immediate trial. Happy Holidays! 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

      woo! You will love it, it is sooooo good!

  2. Laura Macaulay December 14, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    I was just thinking I need to find a recipe for custard! Looks great!

    • thehungrymum April 9, 2015 at 2:48 am #

      I hope you had a chance to make it, is is amazingly good. If I wasn’t fasting today I would whip up some right now 😉

  3. Joanne T Ferguson December 14, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    G’day How timely as I was JUST looking for a recipe for custard from scratch! Looks and sounds great! Cheers! Joanne

    • thehungrymum December 15, 2014 at 1:29 am #

      ta da! Isn’t it funny how the internet works?! Hope you love it.

  4. cheergerm December 14, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Oh, nice looking custard Mrs H. Beautiful speckles of vanilla goodness. I was thinking today that I needed to find a recipe I used to use for custard for Chrissy day but now I won’t bother! Thanks!

    • thehungrymum December 15, 2014 at 1:30 am #

      This will meet all your custard requirements! I’m just about to make another batch to use up some egg yolks – the Hungry Dad is a real custard addict 🙂

  5. PA Pict December 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    I was just saying to my husband the other day that I needed a tried and tested custard recipe in order to make a homesick-inducing British trifle. Thank you!

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

      Yes! It would be perfect in a trifle. In fact, it would be perfect with anything 🙂

  6. chefceaser December 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  7. Diamond Interiors December 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    Yummo!!!! Adding this to the Christmas Cooking List for sure!!!

  8. Margot @ Gather and Graze December 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks HM! I’ll be using this recipe in about 10 days time for sure – it sounds wonderful! 🙂

  9. Little Gumnut December 15, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    mmmm now the question is does it taste like baked custard or does it taste like pouring custard? I’ve made my own custard before but it has always tasted a bit baked and eggy which the girls turn their noses up at! Pinning this so I can try it over Christmas.

    • thehungrymum December 15, 2014 at 1:28 am #

      Hey Sophie! This isn’t eggy at all – certainly not all like baked custard. It tastes like decadent, yummy pouring custard. Wishing you and yours a lovely Chrissy x

  10. memybestandi December 15, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    Okay so you have convinced me to retry this whole custard making thing. I’m still a bit put out by the curdled batch I attempted in Xmas 2012 that my hubby has not let me forget which bothers me! I am undertaking this challenge, roll out the mince pies!

    • thehungrymum December 16, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      O girl, I hear ya with the custard fails. I’ve had stovetops covered in custard goop, exploding custard in the microwave, and even a destroyed pan. This is painless and easy and no fuss. Do it!

  11. Liz December 15, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    You’re so right! I do need this recipe 🙂 Love the polka dots, too!

    • thehungrymum December 16, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Excellent – I love it when I’m right! #rare

  12. Feast Wisely December 15, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Looks great – I use very similar ingredients (egg yolks, milk, cream & vanilla) to make home-made ice cream (Jamie Oliver style). I’ll be trying this one over Christmas…

  13. ChgoJohn December 16, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I don’t have a recipe for this type of custard … well, not until now. Thanks for sharing your recipe, especially in time for the holidays.

    • thehungrymum April 9, 2015 at 2:53 am #

      Hope you had a chance to try it – it is real keeper.

  14. deliciouslynell December 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Homemade custard is so good!

    • thehungrymum April 9, 2015 at 2:52 am #

      Too good – is so easy to eat the entire thing in one go 😉

  15. Choc Chip Uru December 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Can’t go wrong with the perfect custard, I need to try your recipe 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Frugal Hausfrau January 9, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    I love custard sauce and have never seen anyone make or use it here in the states except me! Funny, huh! I like to use it over (or under) these little chocolate souffles I make. I never would have thought to use it with apple pie or ice-cream, but love the suggestions. All those wasted years when I could have been eating custard sauce more!! lol!

    I’ll pin this so I’ll remember to use your recipe next time! Thanks, Mum!

    • Frugal Hausfrau January 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

      I recently saw Chocolate Waffles in a magazine – Your custard sauce would be fantastic on them. It might be a sin to have them for breakfast, tho!!

      • thehungrymum January 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

        No, custard is all the good things (egg, dairy) and waffles are really just heated up air so I say, go for it! #healthFood

      • Frugal Hausfrau January 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

        love it!

    • thehungrymum January 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

      I didn’t realise it was a British / Australian thing! We go through SO much custard in this house- I also do a baked custard which the Hungry Dad adores 🙂


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