Homemade Vanilla Custard

Homemade Vanilla Custard

Makes 2 Ā½ cups


  • 1 Heilala Vanilla Bean, split
  • 2 cups full cream milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp Heilala Vanilla Sugar for sprinkling


  1. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the milk in a heavy-based saucepan. Add the vanilla bean and heat until the milk is hot but not boiling. Leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar, then add the infused milk, stirring constantly. Wipe out the saucepan and return the mixture.
  3. Cook over a low to moderate heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens enough to lightly coat the wooden spoon. Pour custard into a clean bowl, sprinkle with vanilla sugar to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool, then cover and refrigerate. Remove vanilla bean before serving.
  4. Serve vanilla custard in glasses or pour into a jug and serve with poached fruit.
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