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HM custard (no more Birds custard powder)

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I love custard but useless at making it with eggs and stuff, it always curdles. Thanks to the recipe thread from Black Saturn and a little experiment, I got quite a nice custard tonight.

I always used the packet mixes, but they mostly have hydrogenates in them so I've been going without...anyhoo, Black Saturns lasagne had a sort of cheat bechamel and I altered that for custard tonight.

I went into Asda to get some old fashioned custard mix, looked at ingredients and it is cornflour, colouring and flavouring. I bought some colour as I had the other ingredients, boiled some milk with some vanilla flavouring, apart from that made it up the same as birds custard mix and it came out damn fine.
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  • ShezShez Forumite
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    so was that just milk, cornflour, colouring and flavouring? sounds good, I usually just have the instant packet birds custard, which used to be nice, but have noticed its not as nice as it used to be. Ive just bought some of that ambrosia tinned custard at asda 2 for £1.
  • Wow I got a thread thanking me :j :j :j

    Your right I do make my custard like that:

    Boil the milk and at the same time stir about 3 teaspoons of cornflower into a drop of milk in a cup,
    When the milk is about to boil pour in the cornflour mixture and stir until thickened,
    add the sugar and vanilla essence.

    I started doing it like this when I started to try and eliminate all E numbers from my children's diets. All shop bought custards taste lovely but are full of colours.
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  • melt71melt71 Forumite
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    Hi Black Saturn

    I wanted to thank you as well - I've made the cobler and malt loaf over the past week and they are both YUMMY!

    I'm eating a slice of malt loaf now with a cuppa ;)

    Thanks for sharing with us.
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  • Mmmm I'm another custard lover too- I'll eat it on its own, with nothing else, straight out of the carton/tin!
    Saturn, your home made custard sounds just as quick/easy as making up a batch of Birds'. Will definitely give it a go ;)
  • NoozanNoozan Forumite
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    melt71 wrote:

    I wanted to thank you as well - I've made the cobler and malt loaf over the past week and they are both YUMMY!

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    I haven't tried the cobbler yet but the malt loaf is scrumptious; I've made loads of them as they keep disappearing so fast in our house. Thanks BS! :j
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  • AussieLassAussieLass Forumite
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    Wow I got a thread thanking me :j :j :j

    Your right I do make my custard like that:

    Boil the milk and at the same time stir about 3 teaspoons of cornflower into a drop of milk in a cup,
    When the milk is about to boil pour in the cornflour mixture and stir until thickened,
    add the sugar and vanilla essence.

    I started doing it like this when I started to try and eliminate all E numbers from my children's diets. All shop bought custards taste lovely but are full of colours.

    So is your custard white? I make my custard the same as that but use custard powder intead of the cornflour?
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  • AussieLass wrote:
    So is your custard white? I make my custard the same as that but use custard powder intead of the cornflour?
    Yes my custard is white but it still tastes the same as shop custard, you just have to eat it with your eyes closed ;)
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  • AussieLassAussieLass Forumite
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    Why don't you use custard powder instead of cornflour? Custard powder is just as cheap & yellow. It hasn't got any nasties in it that I know of. But I suppose it's what you get use to. It would take a while for me to get my head around white custard. :D But if I ever run out of cus powder I know I can use cornflour & it will taste ok.
    Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. ;)


  • lindadykeslindadykes Forumite
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    I make my custard in a similar way but use an egg yolk to give it a yellow colour (not bright yellow mind you) Anyway I put an egg yolk - (save whites for meringues or similar), 1 tbsp cornflour, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1 tbsp sugar into a bowl. Measure out 1/2 pint milk then use a little of it to mix the ingredients in the bowl to a smooth paste. Add the rest of the milk and mix well. Place in the microwave on high. After a minute take out and whisk with a balloon whisk, continue doing this until it comes to the boil and is thickened. usually takes about 3-4 minutes. Tried Black Saturn's cobbler to-night for the first time with 1/2 tin of rhubarb and this custard - DH loved it and went back for seconds - Thanks Black Saturn
    Linda ;) :beer:
  • Tried homemade custard (egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla pod) last week - good tip is to use a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering hot water - this way your custard won't curdle. You will get very bored stirring it though! :) I eventually just decided to eat it even though it wasn't very thick - very nice but think I will just buy the cartons from M&S in future. :)
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