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Custard: Egg And Vanilla Custard Recipe

Learn how to make custard with this easy and quick recipe.
Custard is a really easy dessert you can make at home.

Custard is a typical dessert that is light, fresh and delicious. It is an excellent dish to prepare when we don't have much time, and we want to enjoy and make people enjoy an easy and very nice dessert. 

To learn how to make custard with egg and vanilla, in this article we show you how to prepare this dish in very easy steps and with ingredients as basics as egg and milk. 

What is custard?

Custard consists of a dessert made with egg yolks, milk, sugar, and some ingredients with a characteristic aroma, such as cinnamon, vanilla, lemon or orange. The origin of it is currently unknown. However, it is said to be a dessert that was probably born in France.

As it is known, this dessert presents a lot of variants such as crème brûlée. In addition, in some European countries such as England, Portugal, and Italy, they also eat this dish, even in Japan, they make a similar type of custard but with a salty flavor, known as chawanmushi.

In the same way, custard is a homemade dessert that is also consumed in some countries from Latin America such as Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia or Peru. Its infinite forms of presentation, its speed in preparing it, and how easy it is to find the ingredients you need, make it an essential dessert in any homemade recipe book.

According to its nutritional facts, for every 100 mg portion we eat, we will get varied nutrients such as calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, selenium or zink. It is also rich in vitamin B and other vitamins such as vitamins A and D; only as long as they are homemade.

Custard recipe with egg and vanilla

Custard is one of the easiest and fastest desserts to prepare. The ingredients we need are very basic and we can easily have them at home. The type of aroma and presentation depends on our personal taste. Vanilla, cinnamon, lemon or orange are some of the main ingredients that we can use to make the traditional one more original.

To start preparing this easy and tasty dessert, we are going to explain step by step how to make egg and vanilla custard. Although it can also be prepared with the Thermomix, it won't be necessary for this custard recipe. 

1. Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1 liter of milk

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 8 tablespoons of cornflour

  • 8 full tablespoons of sugar

  • 250 grams of sugar (for the caramelization)

  • Liquid vanilla essence

For this homemade custard recipe, we will need ingredients such as milk, eggs, vanilla, and sugar.

2. Elaboration

Put some milk, the yolks, the cornflour, and the sugar in a pan and mix it until it becomes a homogeneous dough. Then, put the pan over low heat and stir everything with a wooden spoon. It is important to not stop stirring so the dough does not stick together

When you see the custard is thick and it starts to boil, pour some drops of vanilla essence, in this case, pour as much as you want -depending on whether you prefer more or less vanilla flavor. 

Remove it from the heat, and pour them into small custard cups without them being very thick, and let them cool. They can also be spread on a tray.

Once the custard dough is cold, sprinkle the sugar on top of each one and to caramelize it, use a butane torch. Finally, we put all the custard cups in the fridge so you eat them cold.

3. Other ways of presenting it

As it has been mentioned before, there are many different presentations and variations of the custard recipe. For example, we recommend putting a biscuit on top of the custard before putting it into the fridge. You can also do homemade biscuits for it if you prefer.    

You can also use 250 grams of strawberries to cover the top of the custard with a delicious strawberry milkshake. In this case, you only have to make a milkshake with the strawberries and the sugar -to your liking- and cover the dessert with it. 

You could also use ingredients such as lemon and orange rind to give your homemade dessert a bit of more taste

Finally, you can also add some toppings to your dish such as cinnamon powder, crushed almonds or walnuts, or chocolate. 

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