Custard with thyme

Custard with thyme

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  • 8 free-range egg yolks
  • 75g/2┬Żoz caster sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 300ml/10fl oz milk
  • 300ml/10fl oz double cream

Preparation method

  1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until well blended.

  2. Chop the fresh thyme finely and place into a pan, along with the milk and cream. Bring to the boil.

  3. Once the milk and cream have reached boiling point, take off the heat. Pour a little of the milk and cream onto the eggs and sugar and mix well. Pour back into the pan. Return to the heat and, using a whisk, lightly stir to thicken. Do not boil.

  4. As the egg yolks warm, the cream will thicken to a custard. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and pass through a sieve into a clean saucepan, discarding the thyme leaves. Leave to cool, stirring occasionally until it cools completely. The custard can be served cold or hot.

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James Martin recipes from Sweet Baby James

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Makes 750ml