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
- Split the vanilla pod in half and add to a saucepan with the milk and cream. Warm until almost at boiling point.
- In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
- Remove the vanilla pod, then briskly whisk the warm milk and cream into the egg yolks and sugar.
- 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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