STOP! Don’t buy ready made custard. It’s really simple to make custard at home from simple everyday ingredients.
However, as with pretty much everything I thought was difficult to make, it turns out it’s actually really easy. There’s just one simple rule to follow – you have to give it your full attention. No attempting to cook the rest of dinner, looking after your children or cleaning up. When it comes to custard, it’s all or nothing.
If you can’t commit to giving it your full attention for 15 minutes, then you can either…
- Make it in advance at a time that you’ll be free from interruptions (anyone for custard making at 3am), or
- Buy ready made (I still do sometimes, it’s nice)
You might be wondering why I bother to make my own custard when I’m perfectly happy to eat ready made. Here’s why…
- Impromptu custard – My homemade custard recipe uses only ingredients that I always have at home, so I can suddenly decide I need a bowl of warming bananas and custard and as if by magic it’s there.
- Knowing that I’ve made something that I’d always thought was difficult (even if it actually isn’t) makes me feel clever, and I like feeling clever.
Is it really proper custard if you use flour
There are some cooking purists that say that to make proper custard you shouldn’t need any flour or cornflour to aid thickening, you should let the egg yolks do all the work.
Maybe they’re right. However in this case I don’t use the flour simply for thickening, I use it to make the custard taste right.
I’ve made custard both ways, using numerous different recipes. If you simply use egg yolks you get quite a light tasting custard, perfect for tarts and patisserie but, in my opinion, not heavy enough to match a warming apple crumble (or apple crumble flapjack). The addition of flour somehow makes it taste more appropriate.
Essentially, I think that custard with flour is autumn/winter custard and without is spring/summer custard.
What do you think?
Watch a video of this recipe
If you’re new to custard making then this quick video shows you what you need to do.
This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.