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How to Make Custard

Thick, creamy, sweet vanilla custard is the perfect creamy treat. This English-style custard is extra thick but you can adjust it to be more of a pourable custard if you want. Step-by-step photos teach you how to cook this delicious custard recipe! 

  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Just over 2 Cups 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste or Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 6 Large Egg Yolks
  • 75 grams Granulated Sugar/ Caster Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch/ Cornflour


  1. In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat add the whole milk, cream, and vanilla bean pods, and vanilla bean. Let cook for a couple of minutes to warm it up - do not boil the milk. Take off of the heat and add the lid to let steep for a few minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar for 2-3 minutes, the mixture should lighten in color a lot. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the corn starch and mix for another minute to combine.
  3. Once the milk mixture is warmed slowly add a little bit to the egg mixture and whisk to combine. Then add all of the milk slowly and whisk to combine. 
  4. Add mixture back to the pot and cook over low-medium heat for another couple of minutes, whisking constantly. The mixture will thicken up. You want it quite thick, you should be able to draw a line in the middle of the pot and the opening not cover up immediately. 
  5. Take off the heat and if you want pour through a fine metal sieve to take any small umps out. Then pour into an air-tight container, place plastic wrap on top, and push directly on top this helps prevent a thick skin from forming. Let chill in the fridge for at least two hours or up to three days. Whisk the custard before serving.
  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Chill Time: 2 Hours
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: English

Keywords: how to make english, homemade custard recipe, easy custard recipe

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