Vanilla custard

Vanilla custard

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(19 ratings)

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


  • 1l milk



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

  • 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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Sarah Rees Jones's picture
Sarah Rees Jones
8th Jun, 2020
Lovely but ..... way too much cornflour and flour. Wish I had read the reviews first. Should the recipe actually read tsps instead of tbsp?
Dot Cotton
1st Sep, 2019
Delicious recipe. I used only 2 tbspns of plain flour after reading the comments & it was perfect. Used 1 tspn of vanilla extract as I didn't have vanilla sugar. So much nicer than the custard powder!
8th Oct, 2017
Lovely recipe! I too halved the recipe and reduced the flours to 1tbsp of each and whisked all the ingredients together, adding milk last, and cooked in the microwave for 2 minutes, then whisk, then keep whisking at 30 second intervals until thick and hot. Also, if no vanilla sugar, use normal sugar and a tsp vanilla extract. Amazing!!
17th Jul, 2015
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
17th Mar, 2015
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!
27th Oct, 2013
Delicious though a little on the stiff side, would use less flour next time.
23rd Oct, 2013
Do I add 1 litre of milk??
20th Feb, 2013
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.
23rd Jan, 2013
How do you make Vanilla sugar??
19th Jan, 2013
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.


20th Dec, 2018
How much vanilla extract would you use in place of the vanilla sugar?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question - we'd suggest 1 1/2 tsp.
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