Make Vanilla Custard

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Heading off for a family get together, pot luck or just looking for something delicious to make? Why not try making some Vanilla Custard? It is the perfect choice for a dessert course!


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 ½ oz sugar
  • 7 ¾ fl oz milk
  • 7 ¾ fl oz cream
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 bowls
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 knife


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    Preparing the Vanilla Pod.
    Start by cutting the vanilla pod lengthwise without cutting it all the way through.
    • Scrape the pulp from the inside and put both the pod and the pulp into a pan.
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    Allow it come to a slow simmer and then immediately remove it from heat.
    Place the pan over a medium heat while slowly stirring in the cream and milk, being careful not to let it boil.
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    Mixing the yolk and sugar.
    Mix the yolk and sugar together in a bowl with the whisk, blending well until the mixture turns pale.
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    "Temper" the yolks
    Continue to whisk the yolk and sugar,and slowly add some of the milk into the bowl a little at a time.
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    Cook the custard.
    Place the mixture over a medium heat while slowly stirring using the wooden spoon.
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    Strain the custard.
    Make sure that after removing the custard from the heat you immediately pour it through a sieve and strain. It needs to have a smooth but slightly clingy consistency.
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    Serve the custard.
    Serve your custard with fresh berries or any puddings and serve it either hot or cold.


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    Run your finger along the spoon.
    The sauce is thick enough when you can draw a line along the surface of the spoon with your finger and the line remains visible.
  • The custard should never be allowed to come to a boil. The moment it begins to thicken, remove from the heat. If it's overcooked the custard will curdle and you'll have to start again!

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Sources and Citations

  • VideoJug - Original source of this information. Shared with permission.