Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard

Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Jamie Oliver’s indulgent vanilla custard, great with crumbles and sponge cakes.

“Is there anything nicer than a silky smooth homemade custard? This one is flavoured with gorgeous fresh vanilla and couldn’t be easier to make. Awesome with a classic crumble. ” Jamie Oliver


Vanilla Custard

Indulgent vanilla custard, great with crumbles and sponge cakes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: 🇬🇧 British
Diet: Vegetarian Diet
Keyword: custard, dessert, vanilla
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Jamie Oliver


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600 ml full-fat milk
  • 4 Egg yolks large, free-range
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour


  • Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Add both the pod and seeds to a pan on a medium-low heat, pour in the milk and bring just to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then pick out the vanilla pod.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornflour until pale.
  • Gradually add the warm milk, a ladle at a time, whisking well before each addition.
  • Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook gently on a low heat for about 20 minutes or until thickened, whisking continuously. Delicious served with all kinds of crumble.



Don’t panic if your egg starts to scramble – simply take it off the heat and pour the custard into a bowl to cool, then strain through a sieve to remove any lumps. Job done!


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sugar: 14g

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