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Scaredy Custard…

We love it.
But I have always been a bit scared of trying to make it.
Well, now I am scared no more.
I have conquered my custard fears, using another recipe from my new favourite recipe book (don’t panic Nigella, I still love you-we are just having a little time apart…) Hungry? from the clever people at Innocent Smoothies.

And if you want to feel the fear and do it anyway…

This is what you need:

  • 250ml milk
  • 250ml single cream (I used double as I didn’t have any single, and I dare say it would work just as well with 500ml milk…)
  • seeds of a vanilla pod
  • 2 tbsps golden caster sugar
  • 6 large free range egg yolks (save the whites for meringues, or coconut macaroons-post to come! You can also freeze them if you need to)

This is what you do:

  • Put the milk, cream, vanilla seeds, vanilla pod and 1 tbsp of sugar in a saucepan over a low heat
  • Bring to the boil and then take off the heat and allow to cool
  • Whisk the egg yolks with the remaining tbsp of sugar until pale and creamy
  • When the milk/cream combo is cool, remove the vanilla pod, and then gradually add the milk to the bowl with the whisked yolks in it whisking as you go (I did this with a hand-held electric mixer and may have over-whisked slightly as it was really quite frothy. It did settle down though!)
  • Then pour it all back into the saucepan over a low hear and stir with a wooden spoon for 5-10 minutes until it thickens and looks like custard
  • The instructions say keep the heat low and if you get any lumps sieve them out. I did as I was told, and kept the heat low and kept stirring. I got lots of teeny tiny lumps,
    Custard6but I whisked the liquid with hand whisk for a moment, and they disappeared 🙂


BigSmall said “It tastes just like custard you get from the shops!” And then hastily added “Only better” on seeing my face…


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  • Reply Nell Heshram August 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Nothing beats a decent custard for pudding decadence! But I’m intrigued about what you poured it over…or was it so scrummy that you ate it all by itself?

    • Reply Jen August 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      It was one of the inadvertantly sugar free muffins! Not a great photo I know, but it was the last of the custard, and it had already been poured onto the custard coloured plate..

  • Reply emmamoves August 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Delicious. I love custard too. Always make my own. Really does taste better than powder. I use a different recipe – very easy and doesn’t use double cream (slightly better for the waistline).
    In cold saucepan beat 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons sugar, mix in 1 heaped tablespoon cornflour. Stir in 350ml milk, pinch of salt and large piece lemon peel (without pith). Heat slowly stirring continuously until thickened. Remove lemon peel. Eat custard.

    • Reply Jen August 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Fab, thankyou. Will definitely give this a go. Does it end up tasting of lemon?

      • Reply emmamoves August 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        Let me know if you like it. Not too lemony, just a hint. You could leave it out if you aren’t keen, I am sure it won’t make a huge difference. Vanilla is probably a better flavour (like your recipe), but I usually have lemons hanging about in the fruit bowl, but usually slim pickings on spare vanilla pods!

        • Reply Jen August 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

          Vanilla pods are sooooo expensive!

  • Reply sarahn August 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Congratulations! I’m not sure I’ve ever tried ‘real’ custard – only the powder + milk version. I’m tempted to try now… I wish I hadn’t tossed those two yokes after lemon meringue pie making this weekend!

    • Reply Jen August 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Oh no! What a shame.
      I am even tempted to try real mayonnaise now..!

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