What to cook when you are full of inspiration yet lacking ingredients? Look in the cupboard, find the basics. Flour, check. Sugar, check. And in the fridge: milk, butter, eggs. Check! With these ingredients (and, some vanilla) you can make a simple yet delectable dessert. An optional extra is whatever is in your fruit basket at the time, in this case a banana.
Firstly, make the caramel. It stays hot for a long time so it won’t matter if it sits there for a few minutes while you make the custard. I used Elise’s recipe over at Simply Recipes, it’s a great tutorial. Be careful though, when you add the cream it really does froth up!! Took me a little by surprise but worked out great.
Now for the custard I used a tried & true recipe of mine and I don’t even know where I got it from (sometime before the internet existed I think). You will need:
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup plain flour
1 & 1/2 cups milk
Vanilla essence to taste
Combine all ingredients, except the vanilla, in a medium saucepan (a whisk works well to make a smooth mixture). Cook over low heat, stirring all the time, until it thickens & boils. Stir in the vanilla essence. Makes 3-4 serves.
Serve into small bowls or ramekins, add your fruit of choice if desired, and spoon over a little caramel sauce to top it off (it’s very sweet, I only had a little bit). The caramel recipe makes too much, but it keeps for two weeks in the fridge.
I love my homemade custard. I have never ever bought boxed custard from a store, and as long as I have this recipe, I never will!