How to make custard

Points to remember

  • Heat cream with the scraped seeds from a vanilla pod (if using vanilla extract, add this after you've made the custard). Remove from the heat just as the milk begins to simmer around the edge of the pan.
  • Stir egg yolks with caster sugar and then pour the hot cream over the yolks in a steady stream, stirring constantly.
  • Strain into a clean, heavy-bottomed pan and heat over a medium heat (be careful not to have the heat too high), stirring constantly until the mixture begins to steam and thicken.
  • The custard is ready when you can draw a clean line through it on the back of a spoon, using your finger. Strain into a clean jug and serve hot or cold.