Custard

  • 5MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 58KCAL

No pudding is complete without some custard! You might think it's really complicated to make your own, but this recipe is really simple – and tastes even better than any ready-made or powdered version!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories58
  • Carbs5.8g
  • Fat2.1g
  • Saturates0.6g
  • Sugars3g
  • Protein3.2g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Custard is a classic dessert sauce and it’s so easy to make from scratch! Our version is great if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

In our opinion, no pudding is complete without some custard, but custard from a packet or carton can often be high in calories and Points. You might think it’s really complicated to make your own custard, but this recipe is really simple and tastes even better than any ready made or powdered version!

If you like your custard super thick then just add an extra tablespoon of cornflour to the egg mix – remember to adjust the calories accordingly though!

What diets is this Custard suitable for?

This Custard recipe is suitable for gluten free diets

It can be made dairy free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for dairy free versions;

  • Skimmed milk

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Custard recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Custard recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Custard recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Custard recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Custard?

All of the ingredients for this recipe can be found in your local supermarket!

How many calories are in this Custard?

There are 58 calories per portion in this Custard, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Custard is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place the milk into a large saucepan. Heat on the hob on a moderate heat until it just starts to steam. Careful not to let the milk boil or burn on the bottom of the pan.

Step 2

While the milk heats, place all of the other ingredients into a jug and mix thoroughly to form a smooth paste.

Step 3

Once the milk is steaming, pour into the jug and mix quickly with the eggs and other ingredients. Pour back into the saucepan.

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Step 4

Return the saucepan to a moderate heat and slowly stir the custard using a whisk. The custard will start to thicken gradually – this will take 5-10 minutes. Resist the urge to turn the heat up high as this can cause the custard to split or burn on the bottom of the pan, and make sure you continue to stir with the whisk. Once the custard gently started to “blip” and bubble, the custard is ready!

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Step 5

Leave to stand for a minute, then serve!

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What could I serve with this Custard?

This Custard is the perfect accompaniment to any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when this Custard is cooked?

You’ll need to cook this Custard for around 15 minutes or until it has thickened and started to gently ‘blip’ and bubble.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Custard in the fridge?

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep your Custard in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Custard?

No, we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

How do I reheat Custard?

From chilled: Reheat from chilled in a saucepan on a low heat for around 5-10 minutes.

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Custard

No pudding is complete without some custard! You might think it's really complicated to make your own, but this recipe is really simple – and tastes even better than any ready-made or powdered version!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 58
  • Carbs 5.8G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Purple

Ingredients

  • 500 ml skimmed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 tbsp granulated sweetener

Saucepan

Whisk

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Instructions

  1. Place the milk into a large saucepan. Heat on the hob on a moderate heat until it just starts to steam. Careful not to let the milk boil or burn on the bottom of the pan.
  2. While the milk heats, place all of the other ingredients into a jug and mix thoroughly to form a smooth paste.
  3. Once the milk is steaming, pour into the jug and mix quickly with the eggs and other ingredients. Pour back into the saucepan.
  4. Return the saucepan to a moderate heat and slowly stir the custard using a whisk. The custard will start to thicken gradually - this will take 5-10 minutes. Resist the urge to turn the heat up high as this can cause the custard to split or burn on the bottom of the pan, and make sure you continue to stir with the whisk. Once the custard gently started to "blip" and bubble, the custard is ready!
  5. Leave to stand for a minute, then serve!

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Recipe notes

Tip: If you like your custard super thick, add an extra tablespoon of cornflour to the egg mix (remembering to adjust the calories accordingly!)

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18 comments

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LizMonday 3rd May 2021

Could this be made using almond milk ?

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    HollyFriday 14th May 2021

    Hey Liz, we haven’t tried making this custard with almond milk but it should work okay let us know how you get on if you try it!

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AgnesMonday 15th March 2021

How many servings is this custard

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    HollyThursday 18th March 2021

    Hi Agnes, This recipe serves 8, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find a little set of arrows next to serving size and you can scale up or down depending how many people you are cooking for. Hope that helps!

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      Frances JuddMonday 22nd March 2021

      At last I have found the arrow to change the servings! It is above the recipe card at the bottom of the recipe. I tried putting it in search and nothing came up. I read it was next to the calories but looked at the figures at the beginning of the recipe and there was nothing. I think this is an important bit of information as in my case I only cook for 1/2 people.

      HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

      Hi France, yes it’s a very useful tool especially if cooking for less people!

allisonTuesday 2nd March 2021

can you use honey instead of sugar

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    HollyThursday 4th March 2021

    Hi Allison, we don’t recommend making this custard with honey but if you don’t have any granulated sweetener sugar will work fine too, hope that helps!

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GeorgiaMonday 15th February 2021

What sweetener can I use instead of granulated and how much should I use ??

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    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hi Georgia, We use a granulated sweetener that is crunchy and weighs like for like with sugar. Powdered sweeteners don’t work as well and the weight would need to be adjusted as you would need a lot less than we state in our recipes. Have a look at this article it explains the differences between the sweeteners so it might help you HERE

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PaulaFriday 12th February 2021

Can this be cooked in the microwave?

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    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hi Paula, we don’t suggest making this Custard in the microwave you can reheat it that way but still cook it in a pan, hope that helps!

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CarolWednesday 10th February 2021

can you use vanilla pod instead of essence?

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    LisaWednesday 10th February 2021

    Hi Carol, yes you can.

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Julie RobinsonSunday 24th January 2021

Made this omg it is lovely. I will never buy ready made custard again

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    HollyMonday 25th January 2021

    Hi Julie, so glad you enjoyed the Custard!

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NikkiTuesday 13th October 2020

Will this ‘set’ like the powder custard to put on a trifle?

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    HollyFriday 16th October 2020

    Hi Nikki, we don’t think this Custard recipe will set as it is to use for a trifle however if you use 2 tbsp of cornflour instead of 1 it should work great!

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