Vanilla Custard

There is nothing nicer than home made custard on your favourite pudding and it is so simple to make. We have all the ingredients at Weigh Ahead too!


  • 1 vanilla pod (W)
  • 600 ml whole milk (W)
  • 4 large free-range egg yolks (W)
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar (W)
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (W)


  1. Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Add both the pod and seeds to a pan on a medium-low heat, pour in the milk and bring just to the boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then pick out the vanilla pod (I dry the pod and add it to a jar of sugar so you have vanilla sugar for your cakes).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornflour until pale.
  4. Gradually add the warm milk, a ladle at a time, whisking well before each addition.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook gently on a low heat for about 20 minutes or until thickened, whisking continuously. 
  6. Use the leftover egg whites for delicious home-made meringues!

This recipe and image was taken from Jamie Oliver’s website