Step 1: You will need
- 6 egg yolks
- 100 g sugar
- 230 ml milk
- 230 ml cream
- 1 vanilla pod
- 2 bowls
- 1 saucepan
- 1 whisk
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 sieve
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
Step 2: Prepare the vanilla pod
Begin by cutting the vanilla pod lengthwise without cutting it all the way through. Next, scrape the pulp from the inside and put both the pod and the pulp into a pan.
Step 3: Warm the milk and cream
Now place the pan over a medium heat adding the cream and milk, being careful not to let it boil. Allow it come to a slow simmer and then immediately remove it from heat.
Step 4: Blend the yolks and sugar
In a bowl mix the yolk and sugar together with the whisk, blending well until the mixture turns pale.
Step 5: "Temper" the yolks
While continuing to whisk the yolk and the sugar, slowly add some of the milk into the bowl a little at a time. This action is called “tempering.”
It is done to slowly bring the temperature of the egg mixture up to the temperature of the milk without cooking the eggs. When the eggs are tempered, add them to the milk. Mix together gently without creating a foam.
Step 6: Cook the custard
Place the mixture over a medium heat while slowly stirring using the wooden spoon. Be sure to scrape the spoon along the bottom of the pan so that the custard does not stick and overcook.
Continue to cook until the mixture begins to thicken. The sauce is thick enough when you can draw a line along the surface of the spoon with your finger and the line remains visible.
The custard should never be allowed to come to a boil. The moment it begins to thicken, remove from the heat. If it overcooks the custard will curdle and you'll have to start again!
Step 7: Strain the custard
After removing the custard from the heat, immediately pour it through a sieve and strain. It needs to have a smooth but slightly clingy consistency.
Step 8: Serve
Serve your custard with fresh berries or any puddings and serve it either hot or cold.
The custard can be flavoured by adding: Instant coffee (add to milk and cream as it comes to a simmer); Rum (add in at the end of cooking along with 2 Tbsp of coconut milk); or Chocolate (add about 75 g. just before straining the custard).