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Perfect custard recipe

Perfect custard recipe

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Homemade custard is easier than it looks – you just need a good recipe and some patience. Once you've mastered the technique, you'll have a lovely, luscious sauce for your favourite puds, pies and tarts – or simply enjoy on its own! See method

  • Serves 475ml (serves 4)
  • Takes 10 minutes
  • 189 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 450ml whole milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
Low in salt and a source of protein

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    4g 19%
  • Sugars

    21g 23%
  • Salt

    0.1g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 23.7g Protein 5.8g Fibre 0g


  1. Heat the milk in a large saucepan over a medium heat for 2 mins or until steaming.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks, caster sugar, cornflour and vanilla bean paste in a large, heatproof bowl. Gradually add in the warmed milk, whisking constantly with a balloon whisk, until combined.
  3. Return to the pan and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, over a low-medium heat for 4-5 mins, until thickened. It should be thick enough to coat the spoon or spatula.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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