Old-Fashioned Vanilla Custard

Anything topped with a sweet cream is definitely going to be on our favorites list, and this luxurious and creamy vanilla custard is right up there. We love to whip up a batch of this on the weekends and, if possible, scoop a dollop or two during the week to go on top of a bowlful of berries in the morning. It’s also absolutely amazing served warm for dessert. We know the process can seem a little bit intimidating, but it’s really pretty simple. Besides, once you make this you’ll likely be making it again and again so it will become almost second nature!


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Stir continuously for 5 minutes. Remove from heat when mixture is hot but not boiling.
In a large heat resistant bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, and sugar until well blended. Slowly pour hot cream mixture over egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent eggs from scrambling.
Return custard mixture back to original sauce pan now set on low heat. Stir for 8-10 minutes or until custard has thickened. Do not bring to a boil as the custard will curdle. Serve warm and refrigerate any leftovers.