Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
Also known as cooked or stirred custard or custard sauce. Hot custard is usually served with puddings - it is almost always served with the traditional Christmas Pudding, usually with the addition of brandy. Custard powder is hard to find outside of Australia. Bird's custard powder is available in specialty stores and "gourmet" sections of big groceries in the States (DiLaurenti in Seattle carries it, for example). Some recipes suggest substituting non-instant vanilla pudding mix or pastry cream powder for custard powder. You may want to add a bit of cornstarch if using these.
- In a small bowl, combine the custard powder and sugar.
- Stir just enough milk into the mixture to make a thin paste.
- Add the vanilla essence to the paste, stir.
- Place the remainder of the milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down on the saucepan to low.
- Slowly pour the paste into the saucepan, stirring frequently.
- Keeping the saucepan on low, constantly stir the mixture until it reaches your desired thickness (approx 1 min).