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Vanilla Bean Custard

Prep time 20 mins
Other Time time 3 hrs
Yield Makes 3 cups
Don't be tempted to substitute a pudding mix here. The delicate flavor is well worth a bit of effort.


  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste*

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan. Cook over medium-heat, whisking constantly, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla bean paste. Cover and chill 3 hours.

  2. *2 tsp. vanilla extract may be substituted.