Today is world Vanilla Custard Day.

This dessert can be traced back to ancient Rome and custard tarts were popular in Middle Ages Europe.

While vanilla custard is a delicious treat, custard was not just made as a dessert you could find fruit custards, fish and meat custards – just about anything you could think of.

Custards are truly a diverse type of food well loved throughout the ages.

There’s a lot of different ways to enjoy your vanilla custard, and it can be just amazing with toppings. Whether it’s a simple scoop of whipped cream or a sprinkling of raspberries, the subtle flavour of vanilla complements many different foods.

What can you come up with for a dessert? A strawberry vanilla custard pie? Ice cream with vanilla custard? Get creative with custard on Vanilla Custard Day.


- 600ml full-fat milk

- One vanilla pod

- Three egg yolks

- Two teaspoons cornflour

- 25g caster sugar


  • Heat the milk with the vanilla pod until it’s just boiling.
  • Mix the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour together to form a smooth paste.
  • Pour milk on the paste and stir well. Remove, wash and dry the vanilla pod – it can be re-used in another recipe.
  • Strain the mixture back in a clean saucepan and stirring constantly, cook it gently until the custard thickens.