Custard refers to several culinary preparations made with sweetened milk, cheese, or cream that are thickened by cooking them with eggs or egg yolks, occasionally together with flour, corn starch, or gelatin. Custard can range in thickness from a thin pouring sauce to the thick pastry cream (crème pâtissière) used to fill éclairs, depending on the recipe. The most popular custards, which are often made with sugar and vanilla and used in custard desserts or dessert sauces, are also available in savoury varieties that are used in dishes like quiche.

Custard can also be steamed, baked in the oven with or without a water bath, or even prepared in a pressure cooker. Custard is typically prepared in a double boiler (bain-marie) or heated very gently in a pot on the stove. The French word "croustade" originally referred to the crust of a tart and is derived from the Italian word "crostata," and ultimately from the Latin word "crustare." Custards baked in pastry (custard tarts) were immensely popular in the Middle Ages and are the source of the English word "custard."

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Examples come from the English collection The Forme of Cury from the 14th century, which includes Crustardes of flessh and Crustade. These recipes contain substantial items like meat, fish, and fruit that are held together with custard. Other names for stirred custards cooked in pots include Creme Boylede and Creme boiled. Some custards, particularly those made during the Elizabethan era, were coloured using marigold (calendula).

Here's how you can make ice cream fruit custard at home-

Ingredients

1. Vanilla custard- 6 tsp

2. Vanilla ice cream- 6 big scoops

3. Sugar - 1 cup (according to taste)

4. Milk - 500 gms

5. Fruits cut into small pieces - apple, Asian pear, banana, orange, pineapple, grapes, mango, berries

6. Sliced almonds and raisins

Method

1. Boil some milk.

2. Combine custard powder, sugar, and cold water in a bowl.

3. When the milk is boiling, add the custard mixture.

4. Reduce the heat right away, whisk continually for a few seconds, and then turn off the heat.

5. Add the ice cream mixture once the custard has cooled.

6. Blend till it becomes foamy.

7. Serve chilled alongside fruit, almonds, and raisins.