Home-made Custard (without custard powder)

My father’s absolute favourite dessert is custard! I grew up seeing bowls and bowls of custard lying in the refrigerator, sometimes with jelly at the base and sometimes with pistachios and edible gold leaf on top.

I used to help my mom make many batches of custard the usual way which is by using custard powder so imagine my surprise when I discovered that you do not need custard powder to make custard! (I was even more surprised after reading the ingredients on the tin).

It is just plain starch with food colouring!! I have been spending so much on custard powder for so long, so this to me, was a wake up call.

The minute I got some time off between the usual school runs. I tried my hands in making this wonderful dessert from scratch.

It was as easy as using the ready- mix so for me there is absolutely nothing to justify the use of canned product any longer.

Unless you are allergic to eggs or don’t consume eggs for some particular reason(s), then i don’t see any reason for you not to try making a batch of this for tonight’s dessert right away….here goes….
Ingredients:- (makes about 4-5 serving bowls)

  • 3 yolks
  • 500ml milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tsp cornflour



  1. Pour milk into a saucepan and warm it on low heat.
  2. Add sugar and vanilla essence to the pan. Do not bring to a boil. Mix to dissolve the sugar.
  3. In a big bowl, beat the yolk with corn flour to form a thick paste.
  4. Add a cup of warm milk from the saucepan into the bowl. Whisk well.
  5. Pour the egg mix back into the saucepan (still on the stove). Stir continuously, so the milk at the bottom does not burn. As the milk comes to a boil, the starch will thicken the custard.
  6. Once you have achieved your preferred consistency (like that of a thick pudding), turn off heat. Pour into serving bowls and leave to set in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
  7. Serve with fruits or nuts on top.





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