Vanilla custard

The perfect partner for any pud

Vanilla custard

Vanilla custard

Serves 4 - 6
Cooks In35 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 214 11%
  • Fat 12.9g 18%
  • Saturates 5.8g 29%
  • Sugars 14.8g 16%
  • Salt 0.2g 3%
  • Protein 8.8g 18%
  • Carbs 16.4g 6%
  • Fibre 0.3g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600 ml whole milk
  • 4 large free-range egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
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  1. Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Add both the pod and seeds to a pan on a medium-low heat, pour in the milk and bring just to the boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then pick out the vanilla pod.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornflour until pale.
  4. Gradually add the warm milk, a ladle at a time, whisking well before each addition.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook gently on a low heat for about 20 minutes or until thickened, whisking continuously. Delicious served with all kinds of crumble.


Don’t panic if your egg starts to scramble – simply take it off the heat and pour the custard into a bowl to cool, then strain through a sieve to remove any lumps. Job done!

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