STOP! Don't buy ready made custard. It's really simple to make vanilla custard at home from simple everyday ingredients.

Homemade Custard

STOP! Don’t buy ready made custard. It’s really simple to make custard at home from simple everyday ingredients. Recipe VIDEO below.
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 161kcal


  • 300 ml full fat milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • 30 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Separate 4 eggs, putting the yolks into a large bowl.
  • Add the caster sugar (30g) and whisk until combined.
  • Add the plain flour (30g) and vanilla extract (½ tsp) and whisk until combined.
  • Heat the full fat milk (300ml) on a very gentle heat until warmed but not quite boiling. Stir regularly to ensure that it does not burn.
  • Once the milk is warm, remove from the heat and gradually add to the large bowl a bit at a time. Whisking each addition in completely before adding more.
  • Once combined, put the mixture into the pan and return to a very gentle heat.
  • Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the custard has reached your desired thickness – this usually takes about 10 minutes but will depend on how runny you want your custard to be. You must whisk the custard constantly to avoid it going lumpy.
  • Remove from the heat and continue to whisk for another minute.
  • Serve.

If you’re making the custard to use later

  • Put the custard into a bowl or jug and cover with cling film. It is important that the top of the custard is in full contact with the cling film to prevent a skin forming while the custard cools.
  • Place into the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • When you want to use the custard, reheat in a pan, stirring regularly to ensure that a skin doesn’t form. You’ll find that the custard will thicken further as it reheats. It it starts to become too thick, simply add a little more milk to get it to your desired consistency.



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Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 7.6% | Calcium: 10.8% | Iron: 4.7%