Vanilla custard


Serves: 4
Time to make: 15 mins
Total cost: $7.84 / $1.96 per serve

  • 1 1/4 cups skim milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthways (or 1 teaspoon vanilla essence)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free cornflour


Step 1 Heat milk with vanilla in a small saucepan and allow to just come to the boil.

Step 2 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar. Mix cornflour with 2 tablespoons water to make a paste.

Step 3 Pour hot milk over egg yolks, whisking vigorously. When mixed in, return to pan with cornflour. Stir over low heat for 5-6 minutes, or until mixture thickens to coat back of spoon. Remove vanilla bean when ready to serve.


Use this custard and adapt it to make the following tasty desserts:

  • Vanilla custard banana crêpes
  • Peach and banana mess

HFG tip

To make custard in the microwave, heat milk for 1 1/2 minutes on high in a microwave-proof bowl. Prepare as in step 2, returning the mix to a microwave bowl. Heat on high for 3 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds.

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