Homemade Custard Powder

April 14, 2021

Making homemade custard powder is so easy.
With ingredients readily available in the larder: Cornflour, vanilla sugar (or just add vanilla essence when making the sauce) and yellow food colouring, you will have a readily available custard powder.

 Custard powder ingredients

 

What is Custard Powder?

Custard powder once cook with milk, sugar and a dash of vanilla essence, you will have a creamy, luscious, eggless, custard sauce to pour over apple pie, pudding, fruit custard and other dessert.

And it is so delicious!




 how custard powder is made


What Custard Powder made of?

I am sure everyone has heard Bird's Custard Powder!
Did anyone ever noticed what's written in the ingredient section?

Yes, I happened to read the ingredients at the back of any custard powder packaging.

To my horror, custard powder is made of very simple ingredients, ingredients that we already have in our larder!

Cornflour or cornstarch is main ingredients with a smidgen of yellow food colouring called Annato.
Cornflour or corn starch not to be mix with corn meal ya :P

Some manufacturer may add salt but most do not.


How to Make Custard Powder at home?

Printable recipe can be found at the end of this post.

However, I have some photos to help us to visualize how easy it is to make custard powder at home.
 
 Cornflour to make custard powder
1. Mix cornflour with vanilla sugar


 Annato is added to custard powder
2. Add powdered yellow food colouring.
To make custard sauce, add them to cold milk and stir.

 Milk and sugar to make smooth silky custard
3. Bring milk to boil, add sugar and the custard-milk mixture.

 Smooth silky custard is ready
 4. Once custard sauce is ready, transfer to a heatproof container and cover with cling film.


Is this Custard Powder Gluten Free?

Yes it is gluten free custard powder. 
Main ingredient is corn flour.

Vegan Custard Powder

I have made this recipe as vegan custard powder too.
No milk powder added to the base custard powder.

When making vegan custard sauce, add other milk substitute like soy milk, oats milk, almond milk or rice milk.
I would recommend using rice milk as rice milk has no after taste, unlike soy milk or almond milk.

Making eggless custard is a breeze.

 how to make custard with custard powder

How Do I keep Custard Powder?

Keep this custard powder in an air tight container.

How to Make Custard

I refer to the recipe card below under "Making Smooth Silky Custard".


Video on How To Make Custard Powder

I have a quick video on how to make custard powder. 
It is on my Youtube Channel.

Homemade Custard Powder

Homemade Custard Powder
Yield: 1 cup (250 ml)
Author: Lisa Ho
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min
Custard powder is made up of thickeners that give the pudding its texture. Cornstarch is usually used as thickener in cooking and can be used in making custard powder too.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow food colouring

Instructions

Custard Powder
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Sieve twice.
  3. Keep in air tight container.
Making Smooth Silky Custard
  1. Pour 1 2/3 cup milk into saucepan.
  2. Bring milk to quick boil then reduce heat.
  3. Add 2 tablespoon sugar (add more for more sweetness)
  4. Mix 2 tablespoon custard powder with 1/3 cup milk.
  5. Stir custard powder until all dissolves.
  6. Add the custard mix into hot milk.
  7. Stir continuously so that the custard will be smooth.
  8. Once the custard sauce is smooth, silky, shiny and pass the custard test (see photo above), remove from heat.
  9. Transfer to a heatproof bowl.
  10. Cover the surface with cling film to avoid "skin" forming on the custard sauce.
  11. Set aside to cool.

Notes:

  1. Corn flour also known as corn starch and not to be mistaken as polenta (corn meal)
  2. Depending on the type of yellow food colouring that you buy, always start with 1/4 teaspoon and work your way up.
  3. You can add sugar when you are making custard sauce.
  4. No vanilla sugar, no problem, just add sugar and vanilla when making sauce.


Nutrition Facts

Calories

519.36

Fat (grams)

4.52

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.64

Carbs (grams)

114.81

Fiber (grams)

8.54

Net carbs

106.27

Sugar (grams)

25.60

Protein (grams)

8.11

Sodium (milligrams)

6.12

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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 Making homemade custard powder is so easy. With ingredients readily available in the larder: Cornflour, vanilla sugar (or just add vanilla essence when making the sauce) and yellow food colouring, you will have a readily available custard powder.


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