Simple Egg Custard

  • Yield : 2 cups
  • Prep Time : 2m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 17m

Simple Egg Custard

Custard can be a nutritious snack or dessert, especially when you make it yourself. Homemade custard is much more economical and gives you the control as to what ingredients you use, avoiding anything artificial and the amount of sugar you add.

Nutrition Note: A protein and calcium-rich snack or dessert for the whole family. For babies and younger toddlers, simply omit the sugar and stir through stewed fruit or mashed banana for added sweetness.

Tip: use the leftover egg whites to make our delicious coconut macaroons.

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  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar (optional)


Step 1

Place the milk and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat until just below boiling point. -

Step 2

Place the egg yolks, cornflour and sugar in a large separate bowl and whisk well to combine. -

Step 3

Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking continuously. -

Step 4

Return the milk and egg mixture back in to the saucepan and cook over low-medium heat, stirring continuously making sure the custard doesn't stick to the bottom, until the custard has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. -

Step 5

Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Aasa on November 13, 2014

    Fab! Do you think it would work as well with soy, almond or even goats milk?

    • posted by Jess on November 30, 2014

      Yes, they are fine too use 🙂 jx

    • posted by steve adams on July 23, 2022

      Any milks yes, I use powdered custard, milk, raw sugar, condensed milk & honey with 2 diced bananas
      Best banana custard in au

      • posted by Bryan on December 24, 2022

        Finish off with shredded/dessicated coconut and find yourself in Heaven!
        … memories of a 1950’s childhood. ☺️

    • posted by Paula on December 9, 2022

      I used Coco Quench instead of milk and it turned out delicious.

  2. posted by kym on November 30, 2014

    Are you able to change the type of milk

    • posted by Jess on November 30, 2014

      Yes, most cows milk alternatives should work well. Enjoy Jx

      • posted by kym on November 30, 2014

        Wonderful. Can’t wait to make it for my Lil one who is allergic to milk. Thanks

  3. posted by Amanda on November 30, 2014

    Hi, could you use formula I want to make custard for my 5 1/2mo boy I have tried with 150ml of formula and 1 egg but is super runny and suggestions?

    • posted by Ri on February 13, 2015

      Hi! I just made a formula custard. I used 120ml of formula, one egg yolk and a tsp of corn flour and it was a brilliant texture. Bub cleaned the bowl!

  4. posted by rebecca on January 7, 2015

    Is it suitable for freezing? If not how would I work out how to do smaller batches?

  5. posted by Ginni- on January 23, 2015

    Awesome – I want to make some to put in those reusable pouches – can they be frozen ?

  6. posted by Ali on February 15, 2015

    Hi Allie & Jess, my 10mo loves this custard; and all your other recipes! I’m getting ready to return to work and doing a big cook up for Zander; do you think I could freeze portions of this? Thanks, Ali x

    • posted by Jess on March 19, 2015

      Hi Ali, unfortunately homemade custard doesn’t freeze well at all as it will split and won’t be very nice at all. Jx

  7. posted by Kass on May 17, 2015

    I tried this today but unfortunately it split/curdled while thickening and didn’t get the normal custard consistency. What could I have done wrong?

  8. posted by Beatrice Weribone on November 22, 2015

    Can you make it without cornflour or is there an alternative you can use?

    • posted by Emily on December 23, 2021

      I used arrowroot starch and it worked just fine!

  9. posted by Emma Pasqua on November 22, 2015

    Is this recipe suitable for a 6month old?
    Can I use normal cows milk for a 6month old?

    • posted by kam on June 8, 2016

      im also confused on the suitable age group for these recipes, aren’t baby not supposed to have full cow milk till they are at least 1 year old?

    • posted by Imke on March 31, 2023

      Small amounts should be fine, but bigger quantities may very well cause a stomach ache and either constipation or diarrhoea. The protein molecules are little complex for their tummies still, not half-broken down like in formula milk.

  10. posted by Megan on December 26, 2015

    Hello 🙂 I was wondering if you could sub for breast milk ? Also have you tried it with no sugar and tastes ok?

  11. posted by Ilanda on March 1, 2016

    Hi can you use goats milk instead of cow milk?

  12. posted by Ashleigh Turner on May 1, 2016

    Hi, are you able to use breastmilk with this recipe?
    Thank you 🙂

  13. posted by Gen on June 21, 2016

    Hey I made this with breast milk for my Lil buddy – and although the warm breastmilk smell was not the best… someone cleaned his bowl! So I am guessing that is ‘baby language’ for “two thumbs up” (I wasn’t game to taste test it)

  14. posted by Jenny on July 30, 2021

    Hi, thanks for this recipe. I made it in a double boiler with one tsp honey for my Mom who is having difficulty keeping food down at present. She is still asleep, but will enjoy it. It is delicious and it worked well.
    Thanks again,

  15. posted by Willow on August 19, 2021

    I would recommend adding a tablespoon of butter to this recipe as well as a pinch of salt to steer away from any residue cornflour flavour and make the custard thicker, more golden and more glossy 🙂

  16. posted by willow on October 2, 2022

    its so yummy


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