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A white bowl with custard
Homemade Custard
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Homemade Custard made from scratch with a few simple ingredients, an old-fashioned recipe that is so quick and easy to make, but absolutely delicious. Vanilla custard is the base for so many desserts, but it can also be enjoyed on its own. No need for the ready-made one, this is a fail-proof recipe that will be a big hit with the whole family. The best homemade vanilla custard ever! It's also the base for the most popular vanilla ice cream.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: custard recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 387 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 250 ml full-fat milk
  • 250 ml double cream (heavy cream)
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (corn starch)
  1. Add the milk and cream to a pan and bring to the boil.

  2. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until you get a smooth, thick and pale yellow cream.

  3. Add the vanilla extract and cornflour and mix.

  4. Add one ladleful of the hot milk mixture, beating well after each addition until everything is well incorporated.

  5. Bring the custard back on the heat and whisk until it thickens.

  6. Remove from the heat and leave to cool down.

Recipe Notes
  • If you'd like to see the measurements in CUPS and OUNCES, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients can be adjusted according to the number of servings you need, please click on the number of servings to change it.
  • I used half milk, half double cream, but you can use milk only if you don't have double cream. The consistency should not change, although the double cream makes it richer.
  • Make sure the egg yolks are at room temperature before using them, otherwise the mixture will curdle.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Custard
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 238mg79%
Sodium 58mg2%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1215IU24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.