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Vanilla Custard

ingredients

makes about 600 ml (1 pint)
2 tsp (10 ml) cornflour
2 cups (500 ml) milk
2 tbsp (25 g) 1 oz caster sugar (superfine granulated)
2 eggs vanilla essence

method

1. In a bowl, mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little of the cold milk.

2. Heat the rest of the milk in a saucepan and when hot pour it on to the blended cornflour, stirring.

3. Return the mixture to the saucepan, bring to the boil and boil for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring all the time, to cook the cornflour.

4. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Leave to cool.

5. Beat the eggs together lightly in a small bowl. Add a little of the cooked cornflour mixture, stir well, then pour into the saucepan.

6. Heat gently for a few minutes until the custard has thickened, stirring all the time. Do not boil.

7. Stir in a few drops of vanilla essence.

8. Serve hot or cold as an accompaniment to a pudding or pie.

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