Best chocolate custard

    35 min

    This is a tried and true chocolate custard recipe, easily made and totally foolproof! Use your favourite good quality plain choc, and only add the cornflour if you want it thicker.

    London, England, UK
    118 people made this

    Makes: 500 ml

    • 500ml milk
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 80g plain chocolate, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 5 large egg yolks, beaten
    • 3 tablespoons cornflour (optional)
    • 3 tablespoons water (optional)

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir to melt the chocolate completely, and allow to gently simmer (not boil!) for a few minutes.
    2. Meanwhile beat the egg yolks in a large glass or ceramic bowl.
    3. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat, and slowly add to the beaten yolks while whisking vigorously. Continue will you've used about half of the chocolate mixture, whisking all the time to prevent curdling.
    4. Slowly add the yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining chocolate mixture, whisking vigorously. Place back over medium heat. Allow to thicken over medium heat, for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
    5. Only if the custard needs further thickening (it might not!), make a slurry with the cornflour and water, then slowly stir into the hot custard. Cook for a further 2 minutes over medium heat until thickened as desired.

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    It curdled for me.  -  20 Jan 2013


    Didn't curdle for me and was absolutely delicious. I did a half-recipes (only 2 eggs) with more chocolate than recommended as used dairy-milk but it worked out well and didn't need the cornflour. Especially a hit with the kids  -  21 Sep 2013


    Thanks for the recipr. This cam out marvelous. I used pams dark choc melts and some bournville cocoa powder and put it in fridge for a few hours after cooking. It set really well and probably the best custard I've ever made. Thanks again!  -  13 Mar 2014