Vanilla custard

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8
John Torode's simple vanilla custard is a must-have indulgent addition to any pudding

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal228
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre0g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.17g
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  • 1l milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 140g vanilla sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp plain flour


  1. Heat the milk in the saucepan until it comes just up to the boil, then take off the heat immediately. In a bowl, beat together the egg yolks, vanilla sugar and flours. Pour the milk slowly over the egg mix, beating well.

  2. Return the mixture to the pan and place over a low heat, stirring for 8-10 mins until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove and serve with the dumplings.

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Comments (14)

jodyvaughan's picture

Great recipe - really easy. Although I'd cut down on the flour - it was too stiff and it did taste a bit floury. Will use it again.

jennabush's picture

I find mixing caster sugar and vanilla essence in place of vanilla sugar make for a better taste for the custard, but overall - great recipe. Thanks!

clairechambers's picture

Delicious though a little on the stiff side, would use less flour next time.

Lizzy_Jayne's picture

Do I add 1 litre of milk??

dorothyd's picture

Avaleurs - Scrape the vanilla seeds from a pod, add 2 cups of sugar and seal in an airtight jar for 2 weeks for the flavour to develop.

avaleurs's picture

How do you make Vanilla sugar??

emmachicaboo's picture

First timer for custard, this recipe was extremely easy to follow and I will never eat packet custard again, absolutely gorgeous, I halved the recipe as a smaller family might not want to make quite so much.

_trudi_'s picture

I make this in the microwave. It means that the milk does not get a burnt taste. You have to keep an eye on it so the milk does not boil over. And you have to take it out quite a few times to stir it. It gets an amazing fluffy delicious texture. Takes about 5 minutes with the ingredients divided in half.

jodiboyce's picture

how do you get vanilla sugar? is it something you can make yourself by infusing normal sugar with vanilla?

olivia_b's picture

This recipe is so quick and so easy!!! I made the ingredients smaller so it would be enough for 3 portions, and it literally took me 5mins!! Will be definately making again

barker-woods's picture

Delicious! Best custard I've tried. I halved the recipe and used soya milk and it was spot on!

caz140's picture

Serve with what dumplings?!

jane9591's picture

Hi can you confirm is it supposed to read 1 litre of milk?

_trudi_'s picture

to Jane, yes it is 1 litre of milk.
However, It is a good idea to half everything in this recipe, as one litre of milk takes too long to bring to boiling and you will have a burnt saucepan. Some people like the burnt taste, I do not.

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