Proper British Custard

06/30/2017 — By Robert Eastham

Custard is a staple of British desserts that's so ingrained into our nation's cuisine that the French even call it 'the English Cream' (which we'll take as a compliment). Whether it's some fruity crumble or a warm slice of fudge cake every dessert is improved with a hot slathering of custard and it's even more delicious when you make it yourself. Best of all, it's super easy to do! Here's a recipe from legendary culinarian Mary Berry of Great British Bake-Off fame - you'll have your own perfect custard ready in minutes!

You will need:

1 pint milk

2 fl oz single cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4 egg yolks

1oz caster sugar

2 tsp cornflour

Bring the milk, and cream to simmering point slowly over a low heat.

Whisk the yolks, sugar and cornflour together in a bowl until well blended.

Pour the hot milk and cream on to the eggs and sugar, whisking all the time with a balloon whisk.

Return to the pan, add vanilla extract and over a low heat gently stir with a wooden spatula until thickened.

Pour the custard into a jug and serve at once.

To keep hot, stand the jug in a pan of hot water and cover the top with cling film to prevent skin forming.

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