Making custard at home is a really great option. You can be guaranteed that it is sugar-free and free of all other nasties – something I am very particular about when feeding my son.
This is an easy custard recipe and baby will love it. Stir though a little pureed fruit for a natural sweeter or simply enjoy as is. For older children or for babies 12 months plus, you could add a little maple syrup to sweeten.
This custard is suitable for babies 4 months plus – just be sure to try the ingredients individually beforehand to be sure of no allergies.
Some other Custard options for you
1. Vanilla Bean Custard
2. Rhubarb Custard
3. Lavender Custard
4. Coconut Custard with Caramelised Pineapple
5. Mango & Passionfruit Custard
Vanilla Custard - Sugar Free for Baby
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup thickened cream (whipping cream for my US friends. It should have a minimum fat content of 35 percent)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 heaped teaspoon cornflour
- 1/2 vanilla bean (or use vanilla paste)
- Add milk & cream to a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Add to saucepan along with the vanilla bean pod.
- Bring milk mixture to ALMOST boiling (don't let it boil). Remove vanilla bean pod.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and cornflour to combine
- While whisking, slowly add milk mixture to the eggs
- Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook on low heat while continuously stirring until the custard thickens. Once ready it should coat the back of the spoon
- Serve warm or cold
For Coconut Custard with Caramelised Pineapple
- Substitute coconut cream for the cream in above recipe and omit the vanilla bean
- Slice and chop fresh pineapple. Add a little oil to frying pan and cook pineapple pieces over medium heat until you active a nice golden colour. I chopped the pineapple into smaller pieces after cooking but you could also puree for a smoother consistency
- Add pineapple to cooked custard and serve
For Lavender Custard
- Add 1 teaspoon of lavender (available from specialist food stores) to the milk mixture in the above recipe and omit the vanilla bean. Once custard has cooked, strain and discard lavender
For Rhubarb Custard
- Chop rhubarb and add to a saucepan along with enough water to come approximately half way up the rhubarb. Cook until tender.
- Stir through cooked vanilla custard and serve
For Mango & Passionfruit Custard
- Dice Mango and add a blender along with the passionfruit pulp. Blend to your desired consistency. Stir through cooked vanilla custard and serve
Big H enjoying his custard. He gets very excited feeding himself – its messy business though!