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Even with ready-made custards available in stores, many cooks still prefer to make custard from scratch at home. Learning how to make custard has nutritional benefits and gives you control over taste, texture and quantity. Traditionally made by combining eggs and milk, custard has a very simple recipe with ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen cupboard.
Nutrients in Custard
Custard consists mainly of milk and eggs. Different types of milk offer different kinds of nutrients. Whole milk, for instance, is higher in fat but also in calcium. Skimmed milk, on the other hand, has a higher amount of B vitamins. Skimmed milk is considered a healthier option because it is low in fat and contains both vitamins and minerals.
A potential drawback of custard is its sugar content. Conventional custard requires about 2 cups of sugar, which can add calories and induce insulin overproduction. To remedy this, you can cut down the amount of sugar or use sweetening alternatives.
- 2 cups milk
- 1 whole egg
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence/extract
- Pour milk into a medium-sized pot and set the stove to medium-low heat until it starts to simmer. Stir milk to prevent burning.
- In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch and sugar and whisk thoroughly.
- Stir in the egg first followed by vanilla. Combine well.
- Remove simmering milk from heat and slowly add it to egg mixture, stirring continuously.
- Return the whole mixture back to the pot and cook on medium heat until custard is thick.
How to Make Custard with Custard Powder
Making custard with custard powder is almost the same as the traditional recipe above. However, instead of corn starch and vanilla, you use custard powder. For this simple recipe, you’ll need:
- 2 cups milk
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons custard powder
- 4 tablespoons milk
Combine sugar, custard powder and 4 tablespoons of milk in a pan or pot. Mix well.
Pour in 2 cups of milk and stir thoroughly until ingredients are mixed.
Turn heat up to medium low. Cook and stir mixture for 10-15 or until it becomes thick custard. Serve.
Custard Tips and Tricks
Learning how to make custard with powder is easier than the traditional recipe. However, custard powder comes pre-sweetened and might not yield to other flavoring. Traditional custard is recommended because uses natural ingredients, and can be flavored with anything from fruit to liquor. There are also different desserts that can be made with it. for example: Custard cake is a nice tasting cake with a layer of flan on top.
Knowing how to make custard is a must for dessert-lovers. It can be served alone and with fruit, or serve as a base for many desserts. Choose skimmed milk for the highest amount of nutrients, and cut back on sugar to decrease calories.