It may seem strange to some that you would need a recipe for Homemade Custard Powder, but for those of us that can not get their hands on Birds Custard Powder very easily, this is a great alternative.
Birds custard was created by Alfred Bird in 1837 as his wife was allergic to eggs.
As we all know today there are lots of people allergic to many things as well as eggs. This recipe is so quick and easy, and perfect for keeping in the cupboard ready for when you ‘just’ have to have custard.
You can use vanilla pods or ground vanilla if you have any, or another great alternative is vanilla sugar. Or keep a small bottle of vanilla essence in the cupboard and when you are mixing the custard up, just add a teaspoon of vanilla essence to the milk when it is warming and job done.
Keep the mix in a jar with a tight fitting lid, either an old jam jar or a mason jar with the rubber seal and metal clip.
Gather all the ingredients together and add to a jar, its really is that simple. icing sugar, dried milk powder, cornflour 2 vanilla pods (or 1 tsp of vanilla powder, or 1 tsp of vanilla essence), 1 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of yellow food colouring powder (or a few drops of liquid food colouring).
If you have all the ingredients in a powder form, then add them all to a large bowl, add them all and mix well, then transfer into a jar and voila, you have a jar of Homemade Custard Powder.
If you have vanilla pods and liquid food colouring :-
Add the icing sugar, dried milk powder, cornflour and salt into a bowl and mix well.
Slice and scrape out the vanilla seeds and add to the bowl, mix well and make sure the seeds are well distributed, you may need to work the mixture with your fingers.
Cut the vanilla pods up and add to the jar, then transfer the mixture into a jar and store in the cupboard until you need Homemade Custard Powder. The vanilla pods will continue to infuse the powder during storage.
You can add the liquid yellow food colouring when you are making your custard.
If you have vanilla essence, then add that at the time of cooking the custard.
Do not add any wet ingredients to the jar, the Homemade Custard Powder will not store well.