Fruit Custard is a simple and easy-to-prepare dessert made using custard powder, milk, sugar, seasonal fruits, and nuts. This delicious pudding is the perfect combination of refreshment and sweetness. Smooth and creamy custard contrasts with juicy and flavorful fruits.
Chilled fruit custard is perfect for children's summer parties. Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this dish because of the incredible flavor combination.
This popular Indian dessert is perfect for any occasion, from a casual get-together to a formal dinner party. This classy dessert is always a winner. Hence, whenever I host a dinner party at home, I prepare this light and refreshing dessert after a heavy meal.
This dish brings back so many memories from my childhood. My mother made this dessert when we got our first refrigerator at home in the late 1980s. It turned out so good. Since then, it became our favorite dessert too.
Custard Powder: The key ingredient of this recipe. There are various brands of custard powders are available and you can choose any from the lot. I always use vanilla flavored custard powder for this dish.
Milk: I prefer to use full fat cow milk to get the creamy texture of the dessert.
Sugar: It adds sweetness to the this and you can adjust the sweetness as per your tastebud.
Seasonal Fruits: Apple, banana and pomegranate are available almost throughout the season. You can also add seasonal fruits like mango, strawberries, etc.
Dry fruits & nuts: Generally, I add dates, raisins and cashew nuts. You can also add almonds, walnuts, etc.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Fruit Custard
Learn to make this custard recipe by following the below steps.
In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the milk. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine custard powder and 1/2 cup warm milk (from the pot you're heating). Mix thoroughly to ensure that the paste contains no lumps.
Once the milk in the pot begins to boil, reduce the heat and gradually add the custard milk paste to the boiling milk.
Continue to stir for 2-3 minutes. After that, turn off the heat and let the custard cool.
Once it has reached room temperature, place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Now take dessert bowls and add chopped fruits in each bowl.
Take the custard out of the fridge, give it a stir, and then pour some into each bowl. Before serving, garnish with chopped nuts and dried fruits.
If you don't like fruit custard, you can substitute vanilla cake slices for the fruit. Cake in custard taste delicious, you must try this as well. I use store bought vanilla or butterscotch cake slices for the same. You can also replace fruit with jelly cubes.
As I mentioned earlier that usually I use vanilla custard powder for this recipe you can try other flavors as well. Mango, strawberry, butterscotch, etc. flavors are available in the market. However, I would always recommend going for neutral flavor like vanilla or butterscotch for this recipe.
If you want to store the custard, let it reach room temperature first, then pour it into an airtight container and put it in the fridge for 24 hours.
The key to a good fruit custard is to use fresh fruit. If the fruit is not fresh, the custard will not taste as good.
Avoid adding fruits when you are keeping the custard in the refrigerator. Because the fruits will release their juices and the custard will become thin. Instead, you can store the chopped fruits separately in the refrigerator. Prior to serving, add chopped fruits to each bowl and then pour custard on it and mix with a spoon.
Avoid citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarin, kiwi, grapefruit, etc. for fruit custard.
Custard powder is a mix of corn flour and other ingredients for thickening milk to prepare a yellow color custard sauce. It is originated as an alternative to eggs.
You can prepare a wide range of dishes using custard powder. They are custard cookies, cakes, homemade ice cream, caramel custard, varieties of pudding, tarts, etc.
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- Heavy Bottom Pot or Pan
- Dessert Bowls
- 2½ cups Milk approx. 500 ml
- 2 tablespoon Custard Powder
- 4-5 tablespoon Sugar
- 1½ cups Assorted Fruits, chopped banana, apple, pomegranate
- 2 tablespoon Assorted Dry Fruits & Nuts, finely chopped dates, raisin, cashew nuts
- Heat milk in a heavy bottom pot. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
- Meanwhile take custard powder in a small bowl and add 1/2 cup of warm milk (take from the pot which you are heating) into it. Mix well there should not be any lumps.
- Once the milk in the pot starts boiling, lower the temperature and add the custard milk paste slowly to the boiling milk.
- Keep stirring and cook for 2-3 minutes until the custard thickens.
- After that switch off the flame and allow the custard to cool.
- Once it comes to room temperature you can place in the refrigerator to chill.
- Now take dessert bowls and add chopped fruits in each bowl.
- Take out the custard from refrigerator, stir it and pour in each bowl.
- Garnish with chopped nuts and dry fruits before serving.
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