Create this quick and Easy Homemade Custard from scratch, in less than 15 mins, using basic ingredients found in your pantry. This custard is a perfect accompaniment for both warm puddings and perfect for making cold trifles.
This recipe produces a thick custard, and for a thinner version reduce the amount of corn flour (corn Starch) in the recipe. Whenever I make a pudding or dessert such as this Easy Apple Tart, I often like to serve them with freshly made custard. But it has to be a recipe that is quick and easy to make.
Ingredients and Substitutions
This is just an overview of the ingredients I used with possible alternatives and why I may have used them. See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.
- Egg - Medium or large sized, free-range and organic if possible.
- Milk - For this recipe, I used whole full fat milk. For extra creaminess, replace some of the milk with single or double cream.
- Corn Flour - Corn Starch is the same as Corn Flour and is used to thicken the custard. To control the thickness and consistency of the custard, reduce the amount that you use. eg 20g instead of 30g.
- Sugar - Cast Sugar is fine. Try using Maple Syrup or Date Syrup as an alternative. Although they do give the custard a golden and often chocolate colouring.
- Vanilla Extract - For added flavour. Vanilla paste is also fine.
Step By Step Instructions
Follow these easy instructions to make a simple homemade custard in under 15 mins.
Step 1: Add the milk, egg, sugar, Vanilla Extract and cornflour to a large pan, then place it over medium heat. Stir continuously while gradually bringing the custard mixture to a simmer.
Step 2: Once the custard thickens, you can test this by using the back of a spoon, remove the pan from the heat and serve.
Keep freshly made custard in the fridge if you are not using it straight away. Place cling film over the top to prevent skin from forming.
Tip 1: Adjust the amount of cornflour for a thinner runny custard. Or add more milk or cream.
Tip 2: As an alternative to added sugar, try using Honey, Maple Syrup or Date Syrup.
Tip 3: For a richer tasting custard, replace some of the milk with single or double cream.
To avoid lumpy custard, stir continuously while simmering over medium heat.
Dessert Recipes to serve with Custard
Try serving custard with some of these recipes.
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Easy Homemade Custard
- 500 ml whole milk or a mix of milk and cream
- 1 egg medium or large
- 30 g sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or vanilla paste
- 30 g corn flour or corn starch use 20g for a thinner custard.
- Add the milk, egg, sugar, Vanilla Extract and cornflour to a large pan, then place it over medium heat. Continuously stir while gradually bringing the custard mixture to a simmer.500 ml whole milk, 1 egg, 30 g sugar, ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 30 g corn flour or corn starch
- Once the custard thickens, you can test this using the back of a spoon or spatular, remove the pan from the heat and serve.
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Note: Recipes are tested using Metric only. The provided nutrition information is an estimate for the entire recipe, the calorie accuracy nutritional facts, unit and portion conversion are calculated by a third party app. and are not guaranteed.