How to make vanilla custard recipe

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Learn how to make vanilla custard with our quick and easy video recipe that shows how to make creamy flavoured custard in just 15 minutes

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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap

This recipe for vanilla custard is our go-to recipe for the perfect custard every time.

Vanilla custard is so easy to make and can be used as a topping on all of your favourite desserts - from cakes to crumbles. This recipe requires just four ingredients - a vanilla pod, whole milk, eggs and caster sugar - so you’re more than likely to already have everything you need in your cupboard or fridge. We’ve kept this custard recipe super simple but if you wanted to add a little something extra, it would also work with cocoa powder for a chocolatey finish. Although pretty versatile, vanilla custard is classically paired with apple crumble, spotted dick or chocolate brownies.


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 570ml whole milk and double cream (half and half, or use all milk)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2tbsp caster sugar




  1. Split the vanilla pod in half and add to a saucepan with the milk and cream. Warm until almost at boiling point.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
  3. Remove the vanilla pod, then briskly whisk the warm milk and cream into the egg yolks and sugar.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Stir over a low heat until thickened (this will take around 5 minutes). It’s ready once the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Serve immediately.

Tips for making vanilla custard:

If you find that your custard has curdled and formed lumps, quickly blitz it with an immersion blender. A couple of pulses should do the trick and restore the desired creamy texture. 

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