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.