Vanilla custard

The perfect partner for any pud

Vanilla custard

Vanilla custard

Serves Serves 4 - 6
Time Cooks In35 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • 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!


What is the difference between custard and pudding?

American ‘pudding’ is very similar to custard in the UK. The difference is that custard is made with milk, eggs or custard powder and can be sweet or savoury. It can also be made with milk and custard powder. Whereas American pudding is usually set using cornstarch or gelatine.

Can custard be made without eggs?

Custard powder is an excellent egg-free alternative to custard, invented by someone whose wife was allergic to eggs!

Can custard be frozen?

Yes. Make sure to cover the surface of the custard and place in an airtight container, then defrost overnight in the fridge. You may just need to blend/whip the custard again, as the texture can be altered by the freezing/defrosting process.

How long does custard last in the fridge?

2 days in the fridge. If you’ve opened a tin of custard, make sure to transfer it into a non-metallic airtight container.