Recently I have discovered custard, and have started eating it as a snack. Often accompanying deserts like apple pie or crumble, custard is an egg based sweet sauce which most people just get out of a carton or tin. But here is the recipe, if you want to be really original and make it yourself.
4 Eggs (yolks and whites separated)
100g Golden Caster Sugar
1 Tsp. Cornflour
300ml Double Cream
300ml Milk (full fat, not skimmed)
1 Vanilla Pod (or vanilla essence)
- Separate the eggs, putting the yolks in a bowl on the side.
- Tip the egg yolks into a large bowl and whisk them together with the sugar until they become pale in colour and thick.
- Add the corn flour and mix it really well into the egg mixture. As it is a powder going in you will really have to mix it thoroughly.
- Add together the cream and the milk in a medium saucepan and slice the vanilla pod down the middle and scrape out the seeds and add this to the saucepan. Then turn on the heat.
- Heat the milk until it just starts to boil, then pour it very slowly over the egg and sugar mixture in the bowl, whisking fiercely so that the egg doesn’t cook under the heat of the milk and turn into a kind of scrambled egg.
- Once this is done pour the custard into a fresh saucepan and turn on a very low heat, keep stirring until it begins to thicken. Make sure you stir around the edges of the saucepan so that it doesn’t catch and begin to burn.
- When the custard is thick, after about 10 minutes low heating, then it is ready. Serve with whatever cake or pie you have ready, or by all means just eat in a bowl on its own!