Home-made English Custard

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes approximately

    15 fl oz

Appears in

Floyd on Britain & Ireland

By Keith Floyd

Published 1988

  • About

This is what custard should really taste like, not like that thick nasty stuff they served for school dinners.


  • 8 fl oz (250 ml) milk
  • 5 fl oz (150 ml) double cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 oz (50 g) caster sugar


Put the milk and cream in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and very creamy. As soon as the milk and cream come to the boil, pour on to the egg mixture and whisk well. Return to the pan and place over a gentle heat, or in a basin over a pan of simmering water, stirring continuously until it has thickened. Serve hot.

Should you need to keep this custard warm, lay a piece of greaseproof paper on the surface to prevent a skin forming.