Learn How to Make Homemade Orange Custard

A lot of people love the creaminess and citrusy-but-sweet taste of this dessert. In this article, learn how to make homemade orange custard.
Learn How to Make Homemade Orange Custard

Last update: 06 May, 2019

As we all know, desserts are often on our minds… so much so that we often give in to our cravings and eat too many sweets. Sometimes, we may not even realize how many sweets we actually ate. Prevent those over-indulgences and try this delicious, simple homemade orange custard recipe. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to make this recipe step-by-step. Additionally, we’ll tell you about some of the nutrients that are in it.

Homemade Orange Custard

Try this homemade orange custard.

If you’re looking for new and fresh ways to make a sweet treat that contains the best ingredients, but that’s not too difficult, this is the recipe for you.

In addition, you can make this homemade orange custard by itself or have it accompany something else. For example, you can spread it on some bread, combine it with nuts or your favorite favorite. You can do all of this just by making this simple recipe.

Nutritional and Culinary Properties

The orange juice in this recipe will provide you with a lot of unique nutrients. For example, it contains the best of vitamins C, D and E. Additionally, it contains a significant amount of sugar, which is another plus when it comes to adding sugars to dairy or desserts, as is the case with this treat.

In addition, the citrus plays a very important role when it comes to getting the right consistency for your homemade orange custard. As you probably know, milk and dairy products tend to curdle when combined with this type of ingredients. That’s because of a chemical reaction that separates the dense layers and gives it more volume. 

This is important to keep in mind, since it’s sometimes very difficult to get the custard to take on the right density and texture. You want to have a cream that isn’t too thick; it has to be just right.

We know you might be worried about the caloric content of this recipe. If so, you can change the portions and substitute some of the ingredients. For example, you can use brown sugar instead of white and soy milk instead of regular to make a lighter version.

You can change the recipe to fit your needs. Even if you are gluten intolerant, you can make this recipe work for you.

Sneak Some Fruit into Your Dessert

A family is eating.

This ingenious recipe can also be adapted to include fruit. That way, you can get the younger ones in the house to eat more of them. You’ll be able to get your kids to eat a healthier option when it comes to dessert, and they’ll be eating some bonus nutritious ingredients.

Additionally, it’s ideal for the summer months when the temperatures are high and you want a recipe that will help you cool off. This recipe is a great substitute for drinks that are loaded with processed sugars and calories that have no nutritional value.



  • 2 cups of milk (500 ml)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch (45 g)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (120 g)
  • 1 cup of orange juice (250 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of orange zest (30 g)


  • First, pour the milk into a medium pot and put it on the stove over low heat. Remember, you don’t want to increase the intensity of the heat too much. If you do, it will evaporate too fast and it won’t come out the way you want it to.
  • While the milk is heating, begin to beat the yolks. Add the cornstarch and brown sugar. Mix everything well so there aren’t too many lumps. For the best results, we recommend using a blender. 
  • Once the milk is ready, let it sit. Don’t pour it over the mixture right away.
  • Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Otherwise, it will damage your mixture and it won’t turn out right.
  • Once the milk is at the right temperature, begin adding it to the mixture. Make sure you’re stirring as you add the milk. 
  • This will give you it thick texture we want.
  • Take it off the heat for 20-30 seconds and add the orange juice and the orange zest.
  • Using a whisk, stir all of the ingredients together until they’re well mixed.
  • Finally, let it cool a little and put it in the fridge for two hours before serving.

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