Try this recipe for homemade custard and serve it with one of our classic desserts, such as apple crumble, bread and butter pudding or treacle tart. Also try our recipe for baked egg custard.


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 250ml milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 120g golden caster sugar
  • 1 dsp (if making the thicker custard) cornflour


  • STEP 1

    Split the vanilla pod in half and scrape the seeds out with the point of a knife. Put both the pod and seeds in a medium pan with the milk and cream. Bring to the boil slowly then take off the heat and leave to stand.

  • STEP 2

    Lightly whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar (and cornflour if you are using it) until pale and thick.

  • STEP 3

    Whisk in the vanilla-infused milk – fish the pod out first – then wipe out the pan (to get rid of any milk that has caught on the base) and strain the custard mixture back in. Put it back on a medium heat, stirring continuously until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Don’t let it overheat or boil or the egg will curdle. Serve with your favourite pudding.


Lulu GrimesManaging editor

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