Pouring custard

  • for 6 people
  • Takes 5 minutes to make and 15-20 minutes to cook
  • Easy
We are in danger of losing this increasingly rare, national treasure. Don't buy in, make your own gorgeous batch. Pouring custard should be only just sweet, with a delicate hint of vanilla and not dominate the plate.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving (based on 6): 150kcals, 9.4g fat (4.1g saturated), 6.3g protein, 10.4g carbs, 9.3g sugar, 0.1g salt

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600ml whole milk
6 large free-range egg yolks
2 tbsp vanilla caster sugar (or use caster sugar and add a tiny drop of vanilla extract)
1 tsp plain flour


1. Heat the milk to scalding point in a heavy-based saucepan. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the egg yolks with the vanilla caster sugar and flour until pale and smooth. Pour the milk over the egg mixture, whisking until mixed well. Now return the mixture to the milk pan and reheat it very gently, stirring all the time (a wooden spoon or spatula is best). As soon as the mixture begins to coat the back of the spoon, rather than just looking like hot milk, the custard is ready. It shouldn’t be any thicker than, say, single cream. Easy eh?
2. Serve immediately for best results, or keep it warmish, rather than reheating, if you are making it ahead.

From March 2009

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