Vanilla Custard Cream Squares

Vanilla Custard Cream Squares

To prepare Vanilla Custard Cream Squares, you’ll need a few basic ingredients and some time to let the custard set. Here’s a step-by-step recipe to guide you:


For the base:

  • 1 ½ cups of crushed digestive biscuits (graham crackers or shortbread cookies can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the custard filling:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the topping:

  • Whipped cream or powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Prepare the base:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed digestive biscuits and melted butter until all the crumbs are evenly coated.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a square baking dish or a rectangular dish. The base should be compact and even.
  • Place the baking dish in the refrigerator while you prepare the custard filling.
  1. Prepare the custard filling:
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it’s steaming, but not boiling. Keep an eye on it to avoid scorching.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch until well combined.
  • Add the egg yolks to the sugar and cornstarch mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Slowly pour a small amount of the hot milk into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. This step is called “tempering” and helps prevent the eggs from curdling.
  • Gradually pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining hot milk while stirring continuously.
  1. Cook the custard filling:
  • Cook the custard mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or a spatula.
  • The custard will begin to thicken after a few minutes. Continue cooking and stirring until it reaches a thick, pudding-like consistency. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  1. Add vanilla and butter:
  • Once the custard has thickened, remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and butter until the butter is fully melted and incorporated into the custard.

  1. Assemble the Vanilla Custard Cream Squares:
  • Take the baking dish with the chilled biscuit base from the refrigerator.
  • Pour the prepared custard filling over the base, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
  1. Chill and set:
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours, or until the custard sets completely.
  1. Serve:
  • Once the Vanilla Custard Cream Squares are set, you can cut them into squares or rectangles.
  • Optionally, you can add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each square or dust them with powdered sugar for an extra touch.

Enjoy your delicious Vanilla Custard Cream Squares!

Note: You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for a day or two, but they are best enjoyed fresh.

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