Simple Custard Sauce

As a dessert, Custard is made from a combination of milk or cream, egg yolks, sugar, and flavourings such as vanilla. Sometimes flour, corn starch, or gelatin are also added. In French cookery, custard–confusingly called just cr¨me–is never thickened in this way: when starch is added, it is pastry cream cr¨me p¢tissi¨re; when gelatin is added, it is cr¨me anglaise coll©e.

Depending on how much egg or thickener is used, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce (cr¨me anglaise), to a thick blancmange like that used for vanilla slice or the pastry cream used to fill ©clairs.

Custard is an important part of dessert recipes from many countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Australia.


makes about 600 ml (1 pint)
2 cups (500 ml) milk
few drops of vanilla essence
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup (100 g) 4 oz caster sugar (superfine granulated)
2 tsp (10 ml) cornflour


1. Combine the milk and vanilla essence in a saucepan. Warm gently but do not let the liquid boil.

2. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour together until creamy.

3. Add the warm milk.

4. Strain the mixture back into the clean pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon.

5. Serve hot or cold.

What did you think?

21 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Simple Custard Sauce
posted by Gayle @ 04:07PM, 4/16/07
Excellent, smooth and velvety sauce, a big hit with the family
Simple Custard Sauce
posted by Sma @ 11:43PM, 9/09/07
Really easy recipe--my son could help, loads of fun and very yummy!
posted by fjh @ 12:21PM, 3/06/09
This custard is very sweet, if i made it again i would halve the amount of sugar used. it is quick and easy to make though.
posted by Dean @ 03:39PM, 11/23/09
Mine split slightly and went into a semila grainy texture. Any one no wats rong? was it the heat too high or i was not whisking enough
posted by Charlotte @ 09:06AM, 2/08/10
Do you have to put the Vanilla in it?
Can this be frozen?
posted by Vicki @ 01:06PM, 2/23/10
Can this be frozen?
posted by Dee @ 11:21AM, 5/31/10
I thought it was very nice but a bit to sweet for me. Next time I would put in less sugar.
Without eggs
posted by sharleen @ 10:10AM, 10/15/10
I think its brilliant even without eggs its more suitable for those on diets. nice
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