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Vanilla Custard

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade custard, vanilla custard
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling: 3 hours
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 347 kcal
This Vanilla Custard recipe is a rich, creamy and decadent classic homemade custard!


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter diced
  • Cinnamon optional


  1. Heat milk and vanilla extract in a heavy bottom, medium sauce pan. Meanwhile, place egg yolks through salt into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachement or a large mixing bowl with a whisk ready to use.
  2. Right before milk starts to steam (do not bring to a boil), start to whisk egg yolk mixture until light yellow in color. Slowly, add steaming (not boiling) milk mixture, whisking continually.
  3. After mixture has been fully whisked together, transfer back to the sauce pan and cook over medium-low heat for 2-4 minutes, or until thickened. Whisk continually to prevent mixture from scalding to the pan. No one wants burnt pudding.
  4. As soon as mixture thickens, remove from heat and whisk in butter.
  5. Transfer to a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Press plastic wrap into the custard mixture so there is no air between the two. This prevents the filmy skin that can develop.
  6. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours, but up to 3 days.
  7. If you have tried this recipe, come back and let me know how it was! 

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Custard
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 222mg 74%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Sugars 39g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 12.6%
Calcium 16.1%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.