Sometimes foods remind us of childhood because they are kid-oriented dishes. Other times, they take us back to a certain place, like a grandmother’s garden or a specific kitchen. This Homemade Eggless Custard (Pudding) reminds me of the times when my mom used to make custard almost every other day. It was a tradition to eat a warm bowl of custard with my siblings during the winter when we take our study break. We would all wait for the clock to hit 6:00 pm so we can run downstairs to get our treat. Hence, custard has been and continues to be one of my favourite childhood desserts up until this day.
Custard is sweet, comforting and remains a standard for its sophisticated yet mild flavor and its creamy texture. My grandma has used this custard recipe since she was a little girl and she passed it down to my mother. It makes a very good, rich pudding to use in cream pies, trifles or just for eating on its own. My mother used to prepare this dish in two versions: classic version without any additions, in small bowls and another in a trifle version. Ideally sized for a kid’s snack but worldly enough for a dinner party, custards take 15 minutes of prep time and can be stored in the refrigerator covered up to 3 days. All you need for this recipe is some custard powder, milk and sugar. Custard can be enjoyed both cold and warm; I usually prefer to eat it warm. Whether baked in the oven, stirred on the stove top or set in the refrigerator, puddings and custards combine the comfort of old fashioned desserts with the light freshness of modern sweets.
Give the kid inside you a sweet treat. Take yourself back to the good old days with this classic childhood favorite. Use a custard cup or a casserole bowl and enjoy this smooth and creamy dessert with your family. I guarantee once you try this homemade eggless custard (pudding) recipe, you will never use a boxed custard again. Making custard at home is so much easier than you think and I would almost bet that you have all the ingredients in your house already. Now it’s your turn: What foods or dishes take you back to being a kid?
- 3 tablespoons custard powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 ½ cups milk
- Pistachios for garnish
- In a medium saucepan, add custard, sugar and milk together.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and lower the heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until you get a creamy consistency.
- Pour the mixture into individual bowls or a big casserole
- Decorate with pistachios, fruits, whip cream and anything you like
Notes: watch the milk while it’s boiling carefully. You don’t want to end up with burnt milk and neither are chunks of custard.