Custard powder can be made easily at home with simple ingredients. This powder is used in many custard recipes such as lemon custard recipe, frozen custard, coconut custard pie, custard egg pie, and other custard pie recipes.
Custard Vs Ice Cream
These are both made with the same ingredients which are milk, cream, and sugar. The difference between custard and ice cream is that custard has an additional 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk – this is the recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration. Adding eggs to custard gives it a smooth and creamy texture.
Custard Powder Ingredients
- Corn flour/cornstarch – you can use tapioca starch, potato flour, or sweet potato flour. You can make your own cornstarch at home.
- Food color – mostly yellow to match the common yellow custard color
- Flavor – this could be vanilla flavor or banana flavor
- Powdered Milk – this helps to fortify the custard powder
- Confectioner’s sugar or Powdered sugar (icing sugar) – you can make your own icing sugar at home.
- A blender for mixing
How to Make Custard Powder at Home
- To your coffee grinder, add the ingredients
- Add 1 cup of cornstarch (corn flour) with 1/3 cup of milk
- Also add 1/3 cup of powdered sugar and your banana flavor.
- If your colorant is liquid, you can add this after making custard – that is, after boiling the custard but if you have a powdered colorant, then you can add together with other ingredients into the blender. The reason for not adding the liquid coloring extract is that liquid reduces the shelf life of custard powder because it can form molds except you dry it properly again after mixing it with other ingredients which can be time-wasting.
- After adding all your ingredients, blend into a smooth powder to combine. If the color is not bright enough, add the powdered food color again, a little at a time by using a teaspoon each time and blend.
- When you are done blending, sieve using a fine strainer
- Your custard powder is ready for use for any custard recipe of choice. It can last for months as long it is dried and no liquid introduced in it.
You can store it in an airtight container or seal it with a sealing machine in a polythene.
How to make Custard at Home
- Add 3 tablespoons of your custard powder to a mixing bowl
- Pour about 5 tablespoons of water or just a small amount of water to the custard powder and stir to dissolve the custard powder completely.
- Place a pot on heat and add to it, 1 cup of water and bring to a boil
- When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium and pour your custard mixture into the boiling water and stir continuously until you have a thick custard.
- If you don’t stir continuously, your custard will form balls and won’t be smooth.
- Serve immediately with other snacks such as peanut butter cookies or any cookies.
Other Custard Recipes
- Custard rhubarb pie
- Pumpkin custard
- Boiled custard – also known as Pap or Akamu
- Custard cake
- Caramel custard