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    • jordylass
    • By jordylass 6th Apr 06, 9:27 PM
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    jordylass
    HM custard (no more Birds custard powder)
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    • 6th Apr 06, 9:27 PM
    HM custard (no more Birds custard powder) 6th Apr 06 at 9:27 PM
    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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  • Shez
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    • 7th Apr 06, 6:40 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 6:40 AM
    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.
  • black-saturn
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:25 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:25 AM
    Wow I got a thread thanking me

    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.
    • melt71
    • By melt71 7th Apr 06, 9:48 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:48 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:48 AM
    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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  • MrsNurseyC
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:55 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:55 AM
    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
  • Noozan
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    • 7th Apr 06, 10:04 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 10:04 AM

    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.
    by melt71
    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!
    I have the mind of a criminal genius. I keep it in the freezer next to Mother....
  • AussieLass
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    • 7th Apr 06, 12:43 PM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 12:43 PM
    Wow I got a thread thanking me

    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.
    by black-saturn
    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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  • black-saturn
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    • 7th Apr 06, 1:24 PM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 1:24 PM
    So is your custard white? I make my custard the same as that but use custard powder intead of the cornflour?
    by AussieLass
    Yes my custard is white but it still tastes the same as shop custard, you just have to eat it with your eyes closed
  • AussieLass
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    • 7th Apr 06, 10:12 PM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 10:12 PM
    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. 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.


    • lindadykes
    • By lindadykes 7th Apr 06, 10:17 PM
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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
  • competitionscafe
    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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    • jordylass
    • By jordylass 8th Apr 06, 9:04 AM
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    It hasn't got any nasties in it that I know of. But I suppose it's what you get use to.
    by AussieLass
    Custard powder has annatto in for colour... http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info/factsheets/Factannatto.htm
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  • finc
    Could you not just add a very small amount of turmeric to it to give it colour?

    I was watching something yesterday about a new line in cakes being introduced that nly had all natural colours added. The colourings were made from the pigment fron beetroot, spinach and carrots! There's no taste in them just colour. There were some others that were coloured with paprika and turmeric. They had a delicate but nice colour and as they're used in small quantities they don't carry the taste.
  • tallulah beaulah
    I want to add a big thanks for the cobbler recipe too. I made one with pears, it was so fast to make and my very very fussy 2yo loved it. He had three helpings (never has seconds of anything!). The next day, he asked for some pear cobbler and when I told him it had all gone he cried!

    Going to try the custard recipe next, I've been looking for a HM way of making it without curdling it, or baking it for hours!

    Thanks so much Black Saturn!
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    • voodoozoe
    • By voodoozoe 8th Apr 06, 1:13 PM
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    [QUOTE=finc]Could you not just add a very small amount of turmeric to it to give it colour?

    Ooooh..not too sure I could risk the possibility of................................CURRY FLAVOUR CUSTARD!!!!!!!!!!
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    • twink
    • By twink 8th Apr 06, 1:19 PM
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    twink
    my gran used to make custard for me like that when i was little but she added cocoa powder to make choc custard
  • finc
    [QUOTE=voodoozoe]
    Could you not just add a very small amount of turmeric to it to give it colour?

    Ooooh..not too sure I could risk the possibility of................................CURRY FLAVOUR CUSTARD!!!!!!!!!!
    by finc
    That does sound disgusting!!
    On the programme they used a tiny amount in icing and it gave it a lemony colour with no curry taste
  • savingstill
    Theres nothing to beat real custard! but I was in Tesco Express today & found reduced packets of Birds custard (just add water!) for 27p, so I stocked up. I was brought up on the stuff so I'll enjoy it just as well!
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    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 11th Apr 07, 11:45 AM
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    Zziggi
    HM custard (no more Birds custard powder)
    A while ago there was a thread about how to make HM custard. Mr. Zziggi came up with this last night. Tasted fine (we did it with the almond flavour).

    Alternative to making custard with Birds Custard Powder

    1 pt milk
    2 tbsp cornflour
    1-2 tbsp sugar
    1 capful flavouring (almond or vanilla etc)
    1 capful yellow food colouring (optional)

    1)put milk in the pan
    2)mix all the other ingrediants in a measuring jug and add a couple of spoonfuls of cold milk to make a thick paste.
    3)Boil the milk. When the milk is boiling, pour it into the jug and mix vigerously with the ingrediants.

    Watch the share prices of Birds custard tumble....
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 11th Apr 07, 11:50 AM
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    thriftlady
    Bird's is just cornflour and yellow colouring
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