Basic Stove-Top Custard

Course: Dessert


  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Mix together sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Add egg yolks and whisk to combine; then gradually whisk in milk.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until custard thickens to the consistency of thick cream, about 25 minutes.
  • If the custard has lumps, strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Transfer to a large bowl, and add vanilla.
  • Cover surface of custard with plastic wrap to prevent a skim from forming.
  • Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 2 hours.