Vanilla Custard and Tart Raspberries

Homemade vanilla custard with whatever fruit we have kicking about is our new ‘go-to’ and most requested hot pudding. When your old faithfuls aren’t quite cutting it, give this one a try and you and your brood will not regret it. It’s perfect as it takes less than 5 mins to get it on the table. The ‘sugar police’ will just have to chill the heck out on this one.

Before I worked out this custard recipe, amended from a Jamie Oliver classic, I always feared making it myself, thinking it would take an awful lot of time and attention to potentially curdle, with lumps that were unrecoverable and most likely need to be thrown out to clog up my drain. I didn’t, and still don’t, want to use the powdered stuff because of all those not so delightful additives that makes it possible for the tins to sit on those supermarket shelves for so long. And let’s not forget the remarkable colourings that make the finish product resemble something close to fluorescent yellow gloop. Also whilst I am on a quick rant, who would choose to eat dried egg powder unless under duress… Anyway, this recipe couldn’t be easier, I am not a microwave snob (at the moment!), so go on and give it a whirl.

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Vanilla Custard and Raspberries
Enough for two babes

In a microwave proof bowl, whisk together…
1 egg yolk
25g white or golden castor sugar (less if you wish, or sub with something that is not sugar but pretending to be)
1 heaped tsp corn flour
10g softened butter

In a mug, heat in the microwave for 1 min 30 sec…
100ml of milk
1tsp vanilla extract

Gradually add the milk to egg mixture, whisking continuously until fully combined. Then pop the bowl back in the microwave for 20 seconds. Remove and whisk thoroughly again to avoid the lumps.

Repeat this twice more and you will reach a consistency somewhere between spooning and pouring… Perfect.

To serve, distribute over two bowls of defrosted or fresh raspberries, or whatever your fruit of choice is, and just enjoy. My daughter obviously needs to make hers into a potion first. Obviously.

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The number of fruits that could accompany the custard are pretty limitless. But here are some of our household faves… Banana coins, orange segments, apple and pear compote, stewed plums, stewed apricots, stewed gooseberries… You see my direction here.

This is definitely a sweet treat, one that warms the tums and puts a smile on their faces. Win x

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