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Classic English custard. A must for mince pies and jam roly poly.

Servings:Serves 4 - Make 1 pint of custard
Calories per serving:168
Ready in:20 minutes
Prep. time:5 minutes
Cook time:15 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th January 2013

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The flavour added by using a vanilla pod is amazing. And you can use the same pod again and again.

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  1. Heat the milk, cream and vanilla pod to a slow simmer
  2. In a separate large bowl, vigorously whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour (and vanilla extract if used)
  3. Pour the milk into the egg mixture, whisking all the while
  4. Return the mixture to the pan and stir until thickened. Check that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan
  5. Pour into a serving jug

Serving suggestions

Serve immediately whilst still hot with a small grating of fresh nutmeg if liked

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