Easy Healthy Fruit Custard Recipe | Quick Homemade Fruit Custard

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Summer brings with it a bounty of vibrant and luscious fruits that delight our taste buds and provide a refreshing escape from the scorching heat. While enjoying these seasonal wonders individually is delightful, why not combine their goodness to create a delicious and creamy concoction? Fruit custard is a delightful dessert that perfectly balances the sweetness of fruits with the smoothness of custard.

Homemade fruit custard is not just a dessert; it’s a celebration of the season’s freshest offerings. It’s a dessert that appeals to all age groups and is perfect for family gatherings, potlucks, or even as a sweet treat after a meal. The combination of juicy fruits and velvety custard creates a symphony of flavors that will leave everyone asking for more.

So, don your chef’s hat, embrace the season’s bounty, and indulge in this scrumptious fruit custard that will surely become a summer favorite!

How to make Fruit Custard

Step 1: Preparing the Custard

  1. In a saucepan, pour 3 cups milk and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 2 tablespoons custard powder with a small amount of cold milk to form a smooth paste. Make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Once the milk in the saucepan reaches a simmer, add 1/4 cup sugar to it, and stir until it dissolves completely.
  4. Now, slowly pour the custard paste into the simmering milk while stirring continuously.
  5. Keep stirring with egg beater until the custard thickens to a smooth and creamy consistency. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Make sure that there should be no lumps.
  6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the custard to cool down to room temperature. Stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming on top.
  7. Transfer the prepared custard in a bowl and place it in refrigerator to completely cool down.

Step 2: Preparing the Fruits

  1. Wash all the fresh fruits thoroughly under running water. Peel and chop the fruits into bite-sized pieces. You can dice the apples and bananas, mango, pomegranate & cherries. Feel free to get creative with the shapes!
  2. Combine all the chopped fruits in a large mixing bowl and gently toss them together to create a colorful and appealing fruit medley.

Step 3: Assembling the Fruit Custard

  1. Now, gently fold the mixed fruits into the custard, making sure all the fruits are coated evenly.
  2. Afterwards, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to it and stir well to infuse the custard with a delightful flavor.
  3. Now append 1/2 teaspoon elaichi powder to enhance the flavor of custard.
  4. Last but not the least completely mix the fruits in custard.

Your homemade fruit custard is now ready to be served! For an extra touch, you can refrigerate the custard for an hour or so to chill it, making it even more refreshing on a hot summer day.

Step 4: Serving the Fruit Custard

  1. Take out the chilled fruit custard from the refrigerator and give it a gentle stir before serving.
  2. To add a finishing touch, garnish the custard with a few fresh cherries.

Serve the fruit custard in individual dessert bowls or glasses and enjoy the delightful flavors of the summer fruits combined with the creamy goodness of custard.

 

Expert Tips

Choose Ripe and Seasonal Fruits: The key to a delicious fruit custard is using fresh, ripe, and seasonal fruits. They will not only be more flavorful but also provide a burst of colors and textures to your custard. Feel free to mix and match your favorite fruits, but ensure they are at their peak ripeness.

Chill the Custard Thoroughly: After preparing the custard, allow it to cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate it for at least an hour before mixing it with the fruits. Chilling the custard helps it set properly and enhances its creamy texture.

Use High-Quality Custard Powder: Choose a reputable brand of custard powder to ensure a smooth and creamy consistency. Some brands offer flavored custard powders like mango or strawberry, which can add an extra layer of taste to your custard.

Add a Dash of Citrus: To elevate the flavors of your fruit custard, consider adding a splash of citrus juice such as lemon or orange. It will add a tangy note that complements the sweetness of the fruits and custard.

Avoid Overripe Fruits: While ripe fruits are delicious, overripe fruits might become mushy and release excess liquid, making the custard watery. Choose fruits that are just ripe enough to maintain their shape when mixed with the custard.

Dress it Up with Nuts and Seeds: For an added crunch and nutrition, sprinkle some chopped nuts (like almonds, pistachios, or walnuts) or seeds (such as chia seeds or pumpkin seeds) on top of the fruit custard before serving. This not only enhances the texture but also adds a healthful touch.

Experiment with Flavors: While vanilla is the classic flavor for custard, you can explore other options like almond, rose, or coconut essence. Just a few drops can transform the taste of your custard and create a unique and delightful dessert experience.

Mindful Assembly: When combining the fruits with the custard, be gentle and fold them in carefully. Avoid excessive stirring, as it may crush the fruits and affect the overall texture.

Serve Chilled: Fruit custard tastes best when served chilled. The coolness adds to its refreshing appeal, especially during hot summer days.

Personalize the Presentation: Don’t forget the importance of presentation. Serve your fruit custard in attractive dessert glasses or bowls, and add a sprig of mint or a fruit slice on top for an eye-catching presentation.

 

FAQs

Q. Can I use canned fruits instead of fresh fruits for fruit custard?

A. While fresh fruits are preferred for their taste and texture, you can use canned fruits as an alternative. However, keep in mind that canned fruits may be softer and have a slightly different flavor compared to fresh ones. Drain the canned fruits well and pat them dry before adding them to the custard to prevent excess moisture.

 

Q. How long can I store fruit custard?

A. Fruit custard is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Keep the custard in an airtight container to maintain its freshness. However, note that the fruits may release some liquid over time, so the custard may become slightly watery.

 

Q. Can I make fruit custard without custard powder?

A. If you don’t have custard powder on hand, you can make a homemade custard base using cornstarch or corn flour, sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix the cornstarch with a little milk to make a smooth paste, then heat the remaining milk, sugar, and vanilla extract in a saucepan. Gradually add the cornstarch paste to the heated milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Allow it to cool before adding it to the fruits.

 

Q. Can I use non-dairy milk alternatives to make fruit custard?

A. Yes, you can substitute dairy milk with non-dairy alternatives like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk to make a vegan or lactose-free version of fruit custard. Ensure that the non-dairy milk is unsweetened and has a neutral flavor so that it doesn’t overpower the taste of the fruits and custard.

 

Q. Can I freeze fruit custard?

A. It is not recommended to freeze fruit custard as the texture may change when thawed. The fruits tend to release water during freezing and thawing, resulting in a less desirable consistency. It is best to consume fruit custard when freshly made or refrigerated for a short period.

 

Q. Can I add additional sweeteners to fruit custard?

A. The custard itself is sweetened with sugar, but you can adjust the sweetness according to your preference. If you prefer a sweeter custard, you can add a little honey, maple syrup, or powdered sugar. Taste the custard before adding fruits and adjust the sweetness accordingly.

 

Q. Can I add other toppings or garnishes to fruit custard?

A. Absolutely! Fruit custard pairs well with various toppings and garnishes. You can sprinkle some grated chocolate, toasted coconut flakes, or crushed cookies on top for added texture and flavor. Additionally, you can drizzle a fruit sauce or caramel sauce over the custard to enhance its appeal.

 

Q. Can I make fruit custard ahead of time for a party or gathering?

A. While fruit custard is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the custard and chop the fruits ahead of time. Keep them separately in the refrigerator and combine them just before serving to maintain the fruit’s freshness and prevent the custard from becoming too watery.

 

Q. Can I use frozen fruits for fruit custard?

A. Frozen fruits can be used in fruit custard, especially if fresh fruits are not readily available. Thaw the frozen fruits before using them and make sure to drain any excess liquid to avoid diluting the custard. However, fresh fruits generally provide better texture and flavor.

 

Q. Can I use flavored custard powders for a unique twist?

A. Yes, flavored custard powders like mango, strawberry, or chocolate can add an exciting twist to your fruit custard. Simply substitute the plain custard powder with your desired flavor, following the package instructions, and proceed with the recipe. It will infuse the custard with a delightful taste and color that complements the fruits.

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Fruit Custard Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
Fruit Custard made with fresh fruits and vanilla syrup makes it more delicious. This dessert is loved by all ages.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 341 kcal

Equipments

1 Pan
1 Glass Bowl (medium-sized)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Custard powder
  • Cold Milk as required
  • ¼ cup Sugar/as required
  • 1 medium-sized Apple
  • 1 medium-sized Pomegranate
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 medium-sized Mango
  • 10-11 Cherries
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Elaichi powder

For Garnishing

  • 6--7 Cherries

Instructions
 

  • Preparing the Custard
    In a saucepan, pour 3 cups of milk and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix 2 tablespoons custard powder with a small amount of cold milk to form a smooth paste. Make sure there are no lumps.
    3. Once the milk in the saucepan reaches a simmer, add 1/4 cup sugar to it, and stir until it dissolves completely.
    4. Now, slowly pour the custard paste into the simmering milk while stirring continuously.
    5. Keep stirring with an egg beater until the custard thickens to a smooth and creamy consistency. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Make sure that there should be no lumps.
    6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the custard to cool down to room temperature. Stir occasionally to prevent skin from forming on top.
    7. Transfer the prepared custard to a bowl and place it in the refrigerator to completely cool down.
    Preparing the Fruits
     
    8. Wash all the fresh fruits thoroughly under running water. Peel and chop the fruits into bite-sized pieces. You can dice the apples and bananas, mango, pomegranate & cherries. Feel free to get creative with the shapes!
    9. Combine all the chopped fruits in a large mixing bowl and gently toss them together to create a colorful and appealing fruit medley.
     Assembling the Fruit Custard
     
    10. Now, gently fold the mixed fruits into the custard, making sure all the fruits are coated evenly.
    11. Afterwards, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to it and stir well to infuse the custard with a delightful flavor.
    12. Now append 1/2 teaspoon elaichi powder to enhance the flavor of the custard.
    13. Last but not least completely mix the fruits in custard.
    14. For an extra touch, you can refrigerate the custard for an hour or so to chill it, making it even more refreshing on a hot summer day.
     Serving the Fruit Custard
     
    15. Take out the chilled fruit custard from the refrigerator and give it a gentle stir before serving.
    16. To add a finishing touch, garnish the custard with a few fresh cherries.
    Your homemade fruit custard is now ready

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Notes

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • It's not recommended to freeze fruit custard as the texture may change upon thawing.
  • Adjust the sweetness according to your preference by adding sweeteners like honey or powdered sugar.
  • Feel free to explore various toppings and garnishes, such as grated chocolate or fruit sauces.
  • Prepare the custard and fruits ahead of time, but combine them just before serving for optimal freshness.
  • Frozen fruits can be used, but ensure they are thawed and drained before adding to the custard.
  • Flavored custard powders can be used for unique variations of fruit custard.
Nutrition Facts
Fruit Custard Recipe Card
Amount per Serving
Calories
341
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
142
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
479
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
60
g
20
%
Sugar
 
44
g
49
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
744
IU
15
%
Vitamin B1
 
1
mg
67
%
Vitamin B2
 
1
mg
59
%
Vitamin B3
 
1
mg
5
%
Vitamin B6
 
1
mg
50
%
Vitamin B12
 
1
µg
17
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Vitamin D
 
3
µg
20
%
Vitamin E
 
1
mg
7
%
Vitamin K
 
6
µg
6
%
Calcium
 
289
mg
29
%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
 
18
µg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Magnesium
 
35
mg
9
%
Phosphorus
 
247
mg
25
%
Zinc
 
1
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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