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Homemade Gluten-Free Custard

Homemade Custard is a classic dessert that can be enjoyed on its own or used as a filling for pies and tarts.

May 15, 2023
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CustardPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 40 mins



  1. Put the rice flour in the pan. Puree thoroughly with 1 cup of whole milk and cook over medium heat.
  2. When darkened, add sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the custard cool slightly before serving.
  4. Put them in the bowl warm, or chill it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  5. Serve with an orange grater.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Custard
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.1 g5.3%
Cholesterol 16 mg5.3%
Sodium 92 mg4%
Protein 6.8 g13.6%
Potassium 117 mg2.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use high-quality ingredients. To make the best custard, use fresh eggs, milk, cream, and vanilla extract.
  • To make rich and creamy custard, use whole milk or half-and-half milk. Avoid skim or low-fat milk. This can cause the custard to be thin and watery. For more, check out our 'Types of Milk' article.
  • Heat the milk slowly. This will prevent the milk from scorching and will help the custard cook evenly.
  • Temper the eggs. To prevent the eggs from curdling, temper them by slowly adding hot milk to the eggs while whisking continuously. This will help the eggs come up to temperature slowly and prevent them from cooking too quickly.
  • Strain the custard. After cooking, strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps or cooked egg bits.
  • Don't overheat the custard. Cook it over low heat and stir constantly until it thickens. Otherwise, this can cause it to curdle.
  • Use a double boiler. If you're worried about your custard curdling, use a double boiler to cook it. This will prevent the custard from getting too hot too quickly and will help it cook more evenly.
  • You can use all-purpose flour or rice flour instead of cornstarch.
  • To make gluten-free custard, use rice flour instead of cornstarch.
  • To add rich vanilla flavors, use a vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.
  • After cooking, cool the custard completely before chilling it in the refrigerator.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
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With its creamy and smooth texture, the Custard recipe is an easy and delicious dessert. Indulge in the rich and velvety goodness of this easy homemade custard.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a versatile dessert. To impress your friends and family, try this gluten-free custard recipe.

What Is Custard?

Custard is a sweet and creamy dessert made from milk/cream, eggs, sugar, and flavorings such as vanilla or nutmeg. To make custard, heat the milk or cream, then temper the eggs by gradually adding the hot liquid while whisking constantly. Cook the mixture on low heat until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Custard can be served warm or chilled.

What Are The Differences Between Custard And Pudding?

Custard and pudding are both creamy desserts that are similar in texture and flavor.

Ingredients: Custard is typically made with eggs, milk or cream, and sugar, while pudding is usually made with milk, sugar, and a thickening agent such as cornstarch or flour.

Texture: Custard is usually smoother and silkier than pudding, while pudding has a thicker and more velvety texture.

Cooking Method: Custard is usually cooked on the stove over low heat, while pudding is usually cooked over medium to high heat.

Serving Method: Custard can be served warm or chilled, while pudding is typically served chilled.

While custard and pudding have some similarities, there are differences in ingredients, texture, cooking methods, and serving methods.

What Are the Differences Between Custard and Ice Cream?

Custard and ice cream are both creamy desserts, but they differ in their ingredients and preparation methods.

Custard is typically made with milk or cream, eggs, sugar, and flavorings. The mixture is cooked on the stovetop until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Custard can be served warm or chilled and has a silky, smooth texture.

Ice cream is made with a base of milk or cream, sugar, and sometimes eggs. The mixture is churned in an ice cream maker to incorporate air and create a smooth, creamy texture. Ice cream can be flavored with a variety of ingredients, such as fruit, chocolate, or nuts.

How To Make Egg Custard?

To make the baked egg custard recipe,

  • Preheat the oven to 325 °F (160 °C).
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to steam.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Pour the custard into a baking dish or ramekins.
  • Place the baking dish or ramekins in a large baking pan and pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the them.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the custard is set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the baked custard from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Chill the custard in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve.

How To Make Vanilla Custard?

To make homemade vanilla custard recipe,

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to steam.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth and well combined.
  • Slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl to remove any lumps or cooked egg bits.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Chill the custard in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve.

How To Prevent Custard From Curdling?

When custard is heated too quickly or when the eggs are cooked too much, it may curdle. Here are some tips to prevent custard from curdling:

  • Use low heat. Custard should be cooked over low to medium heat to prevent curdling. If the heat is too high, the eggs in the custard will cook too quickly. It may cause curdling.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed pan. It helps to distribute heat more evenly and prevents hot spots that can cause curdling.
  • Constantly stir the custard. This will help to distribute the heat evenly and prevent any lumps from forming.
  • Add starch. This can help stabilize the custard and prevent curdling.
  • Use a water bath. This helps to prevent curdling.
  • Remove from heat once thickened: Once the custard has thickened, remove it from the heat immediately to prevent further cooking and curdling.

How To Serve Custard?

Custard is a versatile dessert that can be served alone or in a variety of recipes. This dessert can be used as a cake filling or served alongside a slice of cake. Cookies, oatmeal, and sugar cookies are great options that go well with custard. You can serve the pudding with fresh fruits.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Custard:

How To Store Custard?

You can store homemade custard in the refrigerator or freezer. Before storing custard, cool it to room temperature. This will prevent condensation from forming inside the container. Transfer the custard to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Can You Freeze Custard?

Yes, you can freeze custard. Allow the custard to cool to room temperature before freezing. Transfer it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze the custard for up to 2-3 months. Thaw the custard in the refrigerator overnight before serving. Do not thaw it at room temperature. This can cause it to spoil.

Freezing the custard can cause the texture to be a little grainy or to separate. To avoid this, once the custard has dissolved, mix or whisk the custard well to obtain a smooth consistency.

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