Recipes and Cooking

The Perfect Basic Custard

Whether you're creating a custard based dessert or just a quick sweet treat, knowing how to make the perfect custard can set you up for a foolproof dessert option time and again. 

Preparation time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 300ml pure cream
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 tbsp cornflour (see tip)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

Method

  1. Combine cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to just a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk yolks, cornflour, vanilla and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl. Gradually whisk in the hot cream mixture until smooth.
  3. Return mixture to cleaned saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and thickly coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Serve warm or transfer to a glass bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap (to prevent a skin from forming). Set aside to cool then refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Notes

Tip: For a thinner (Anglaise-style) custard, reduce cornflour to 1 tbs.