Vanilla custard



20 min


20 min

* PLUS chilling time, Serves: 10
Vanilla custard

Apple crumble pie with vanilla custard. Photo, Sian Richards.

This warm, sweet, traditional vanilla custard is the perfect complement to crumbles, cakes, and pies. If you don’t finish it straight from the pot first!


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • WHISK sugar with yolks in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, 1 min. Whisk in cornstarch until combined.
  • HEAT milk in a medium saucepan over medium-high until it starts to simmer. Slowly pour hot milk into yolk mixture, whisking constantly, until combined. Pour mixture back into saucepan and set over medium-low. Continue cooking, using a wooden spoon to stir constantly, until mixture has thickened and coats back of spoon, 8 to 10 min. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in vanilla. Press a piece of plastic wrap on surface and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 83,
  • Protein
  • 2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13 g,
  • Fat
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 18 mg.

Serving Tip: This homemade vanilla custard pairs perfectly with our Apple crumble pie. Get the recipe.