Easy Vanilla Custard Sauce

Easy Vanilla Custard Sauce

This Easy Vanilla Custard Sauce is the perfect complement to many dessert recipes that need a little something extra. This thick and creamy sauce will have you dreaming up reasons to top or dip almost anything in it. Sometimes that slightly plain bundt cake needs a nice topping, and wouldn't it be nice if you had something sweet to dip those strawberries in? With this easy to make custard sauce, you'll have a deliciously versatile way to decorating any confection.


This is a very versatile custard and can be used in many ways:

  • While warm, serve over slices of cake

  • Use to make a cream pie filling -  add bananas or coconut, fill a crumb crust or baked pie shell and cool, then top with whipped cream

  • Use to fill cream puffs or eclairs

  • Make parfait layered desserts:  Layer with fresh fruit and whipped topping in deep dessert dishes

  • Make a trifle (layered dessert):  Make layers of cubed pound cake and fresh fruit and this custard in a deep straight sided bowl, top with whipped topping

Makes3 cups

Cooking Time15 min


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, stir together sugar, flour and cornstarch then add milk and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Once mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and continue to stir and cook until thick and smooth, about 10 minutes. Use a whisk at first, then change to a heat-proof rubber scraper and be sure to scrape the bottom, corners and sides of the pan so it does not burn.

  2. When the mixture is thick enough to mound on a spoon, remove from the heat and, while stirring, add the beaten yolks slowly. Return to the heat over low and cook another 2 3 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the butter and vanilla.

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