Simple Thick Custard recipe by Lily Vanilli

Simple Thick Custard

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 250ml, enough for 12 tarts


  • 30g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 260ml double cream
  • 1/4 vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornflour and egg yolks by hand until light and fluffy. This works best if you whisk for 3 minutes, leave to stand for a few minutes, then whisk again for 3 minutes.
  2. Heat the cream with the vanilla in a heavy-bottomed pan until it reaches a simmer. Pour the heated cream over the egg yolks, whisking thoroughly all the time.
  3. Now transfer the mixture into a clean heavy bottom pan over a medium heat, stirring continuously with a whisk, until its thick and creamy – approximately 7 – 8 minutes.
  4. Pass through a fine sieve and serve immediately.


NOTE: If using cold in a tart, take the bowl off the heat at the final stage and whisk for 2 minutes to speed up the cooling process. Transfer to the fridge to set for at least 4 hours, then spoon or pipe into your tart case.

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