Custard

Sophie Grigson shows how to make the perfect custard and vary the flavourings to suit yourself. Perfect with our best crumble recipes
By Sophie Grigson
Custard
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  • Serves: 6-10
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 300 ml milk
  • 300 ml single cream
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 sprigs sweet cicely, or 2 bay leaves, or 1 cinnamon stick or 1 vanilla pod, slit lengthways

Method

1. Whisk the egg yolks lightly in a bowl.

2. Put the milk and cream into a pan with the sugar and your chosen flavouring. Bring gently up to the boil, then pour onto the egg yolks, whisking constantly.

3. Return the mixture to the pan, set over a very gentle heat. Stir constantly until the custard thickens enough just to coast the back of the spoon and no more. Pull straight off the heat and strain into a cool bowl. Serve hot, warm or cold.

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