Real English Custard from Scratch

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 10 mins

Okay so I grew up with real custard (no powder). This is my Mum's recipe and I make it for my kids. Serve warm, never hot. To make it interesting add some rum essence for Christmas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl beat the yolks and cornflour by hand with a whisk until well combined.
  2. Heat the milk and the vanilla in a heavy based saucepan.
  3. Add the yolk mixture and the sugar.
  4. Stir constantly (in a figure 8 to get all the sides) over a medium-low heat for about 10 minutes OR until it is thick and coats the back of the spoon. Never let it boil as the bottom of the pan will burn and all you will taste is burnt custard.
  5. Rest for 10 minutes and serve warm.
Most Helpful

After following the recipe to the word, I ended up with a saucepan full of liquid and lumpy corn-egg mixture. I was whisking the entire time yet the ingredients did not blend. Extremely disappointed.

Monique P. January 02, 2016

This recipe needs more detail to help those of us searching for a recipe for making "custard from scratch". My experience with cornstarch is that it tends to disappoint if not cooked following the hot/cold procedures. I need more detail in step 3 and also am not sure if it's turned out as far as texture. I will say my kids enjoyed making and eating it, although it took far longer than 10 minutes to cook on the stove.

Jennifer Lester Mulridge February 01, 2015

This recipe failed me. As soon as I added the egg mixture to the milk, it cooked instantly and never had the chance to mix. Wasted all that milk for nothing.

Mel S. March 05, 2016