Delightful Coffee Cream Custard Recipe

Welcome, coffee lovers! Today, I want to introduce you to my favorite coffee dessert of all time: coffee cream custard. This indulgent custard recipe is the perfect balance of creamy and smooth, with a rich coffee flavor that will satisfy your caffeine cravings.

As a barista, I have experimented with countless coffee recipes over the years, and this one is undoubtedly a crowd-pleaser. The combination of milk, heavy cream, and freshly brewed coffee creates an unbeatable aroma that will transport you straight to your favorite café.

Whether you are a die-hard coffee enthusiast or just looking for something different to add to your dessert repertoire, this recipe is guaranteed to impress. So why not give it a try today and discover the magic of coffee cream custard for yourself?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Cream Custard
Coffee Cream Custard

Are you a coffee lover? Do you have a sweet tooth? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you’ll absolutely love this coffee cream custard recipe! Not only is it rich and creamy, but it’s also infused with the bold flavor of freshly brewed coffee, making it the perfect decadent dessert for any coffee enthusiast.

But what makes this coffee custard recipe so special? First of all, it’s incredibly easy to make with simple ingredients that you probably already have at home. All you need is eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and of course, freshly brewed coffee – either instant or brewed will do.

Secondly, this custard recipe is extremely versatile. You can experiment with different variations and substitutions such as adding espresso powder or using custard powder instead of cornstarch to thicken it up. You could even turn it into a coffee custard pie by pouring the creamy mixture into a pie crust and baking it until golden brown.

But perhaps the best reason to love this recipe is that it’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just craving a sweet treat after dinner, this coffee custard recipe will impress even the most discerning palates. It’s also a great dessert option for coffee shops or brunch spots looking to add an extra touch of indulgence to their menu.

So why not give this recipe a try? Indulge in the creamy smooth texture and rich coffee flavor of this delicious dessert and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. Trust me; once you’ve tasted this heavenly creation, you’ll never be able to go back to plain old vanilla custard again!

Ingredient List

 Whip up the perfect treat for coffee lovers.
Whip up the perfect treat for coffee lovers.

Get ready for a creamy, smooth and delicious Coffee Cream Custard Pie with this recipe’s ingredients! You won’t regret giving it a go. It’s a pretty simple recipe that includes the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk.
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream.
  • 4 egg yolks.
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar.
  • 1/4 cup (30g) custard powder.
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) instant espresso powder or freshly brewed coffee.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract.

This makes up the sweet and milky base of the custard, where the coffee taste will blend in perfectly. You can use any type of coffee you like as long as it is strong-flavored.

The Recipe How-To

 This creamy custard is infused with rich coffee flavor.
This creamy custard is infused with rich coffee flavor.

Now, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of this coffee cream custard recipe.

Step 1: Preparing the Custard

In a medium-sized saucepan, add milk (1 cup), heavy cream (½ cup), and instant coffee (1 tablespoon). Combine these ingredients and heat them over medium heat until the mixture reaches a simmer.

Step 2: Making the Custard Base

In another bowl, whisk together egg yolks (3), sugar (1/4 cup), and custard powder (2 tablespoons) until they become pale yellow and creamy. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture over the egg mixture while whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming.

Step 3: Brewing Fresh Coffee

Brew a fresh cup of coffee (1 cup) or two shots of espresso for added intensity.

Step 4: Combining the Mixtures

Pour the coffee into the custard base while stirring continuously. Return this mixture to the saucepan and stir it over low heat to create a thick and silky texture. When done properly, your custard should coat the back of a spoon without dripping off too quickly.

Step 5: Letting it Cool Down

Remove your coffee cream custard from the heat and transfer it to your serving dish or pie crust if you wish to create a scrumptious coffee custard pie! Allow this creamy smooth filling to cool completely before refrigerating it. It’ll take at least four hours to set entirely.

Overall, making this delectable delight is quite simple if you follow these instructions step-by-step. Remember not to rush things or overheat your custard mixture as that could result in clumpy or scrambled eggs in your dessert. Take your time, enjoy creating this dessert masterpiece, and watch it become everyone’s favorite!

Substitutions and Variations

 A heavenly dessert that'll leave you craving for more.
A heavenly dessert that’ll leave you craving for more.

Coffee Cream Custard is an easy dessert to adapt based on what ingredients you have on hand. While this recipe calls for instant coffee and heavy cream, you can easily substitute with freshly brewed coffee or whipping cream.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative, you could use almond milk or coconut milk instead of whole milk. This would result in a nutty flavor and would be perfect for those who are lactose intolerant.

For those who don’t enjoy the taste of coffee, vanilla extract or any other extract could be added to the custard to create a different flavor. Furthermore, adding cinnamon or nutmeg would create a classic flavor that is perfect for fall season.

If you are feeling adventurous, why not try making different variations of coffee custard by adding chocolate chips or cocoa powder to create a chocolate pastry cream? Or use this coffee custard as a filling for a delicious and decadent pie? The possibilities to play with this recipe are endless!

In addition, if you’re ever running out of custard powder, cornstarch can be used as an extremely effective substitute. Keep in mind that if cornstarch is used it will alter the texture and flavor of the custard creamy.

Remember to always experiment with this recipe until you find your own personal twist!

Serving and Pairing

 Dessert and coffee? Yes please!
Dessert and coffee? Yes please!

Coffee Cream Custard is a versatile dessert that can be served either warm or chilled, depending on preference. The custard is silky smooth and creamy with a delectable coffee flavor that pairs well with a variety of toppings.

For a simple presentation, dust the custard with cocoa powder and serve it alongside a freshly brewed cup of coffee to enhance the coffee flavor profile. Alternatively, serve it with some whipped cream for added richness and texture.

For a more festive occasion, dress up your coffee cream custard by topping it with chocolate shavings, fresh berries or chopped nuts. You could also consider serving it with some caramel sauce, which will complement the coffee flavor and add a decadent touch to the dessert.

If you’re looking for the perfect pairing to enjoy alongside your coffee cream custard, consider serving it with biscotti or shortbread cookies. The crunchiness of the cookies will contrast well with the smoothness of the custard while adding an extra layer of texture to the dish.

Overall, there are endless ways you can serve and pair your coffee cream custard. With its rich yet delicate coffee flavor, this dessert is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings while impressing your guests at the same time.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat your taste buds to a luxurious coffee cream custard.
Treat your taste buds to a luxurious coffee cream custard.

One of the great things about this coffee cream custard recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for later use. Simply follow the recipe instructions and, once the custard has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To reheat the custard, place it in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until it reaches the desired temperature. Be sure to keep an eye on it as you don’t want to overheat or burn the custard.

If you have any leftover custard, it can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, transfer the custard to a freezer-safe container and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

For a unique twist on traditional coffee cream custard, consider using it as a filling for pies or tarts. It pairs particularly well with chocolate pastry crusts and can be topped with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra indulgent dessert.

In addition to being a delicious dessert on its own, this coffee cream custard can also be used as a base for other coffee desserts such as tiramisu or creme patissiere. Experiment with different variations and substitutes until you find your perfect recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 An ideal way to end your meal.
An ideal way to end your meal.

Making the perfect coffee cream custard can sometimes be a little tricky. As a barista, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that can help you make the best possible custard every time. Here are some tips to ensure that your coffee cream custard is perfectly creamy, flavorful, and delicious.

1. Brew Fresh Coffee

It’s important to use freshly brewed coffee for the custard recipe. You can either brew a fresh cup of coffee or use instant coffee depending on your preference. Using freshly brewed coffee will provide an intense coffee flavor to the custard, enhancing its taste.

2. Use Good Quality Ingredients

Using quality ingredients such as whole milk, heavy cream, organic egg yolks, and good quality vanilla extract will significantly affect the taste of your custard. The use of fresh, high-quality ingredients to create a rich and decadent coffee flavor in your custard.

3. Don’t Overheat Your Milk

Overheating your milk could cause it to scorch or burn in your pan, tainting the overall taste of your dessert. It’s crucial that you heat your milk slowly over medium heat until steam starts rising off of it just before it boils.

4. Mix Eggs Carefully

You should mix egg yolks very carefully so that they don’t become streaky or otherwise spoil the creamy texture of custard filling. Whisk them gently until they become pale and light in color without any lumps.

5. Avoid Lumps in Your Custard

Custards should always be smooth & creamy without any clumps or curdled bits. To achieve a silky-smooth texture in your custard, keep whisking continuously while cooking over moderate heat.

6. Chill Your Custard for Best Results.

Chilling the custard in the refrigerator will give you a firmer texture with better consistency while improving its flavor as well.

By following these tips, you can ensure yourself perfectly creamy and smooth coffee cream custard every time you make it.


Now, let’s address some common questions you may have about this delicious coffee cream custard recipe. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, I’m here to help you clarify any doubts or issues you may encounter when trying to make this recipe at home. So, let’s delve into our FAQ section, and I will happily provide answers to your most pressing questions!

What is the secret to good custard?

If you want to make stirred custard, my advice is to use a big saucepan and cook it over medium-low heat. Keep lightly stirring with a wooden spoon the whole time until it gets thick enough to cling to the back of the spoon. The stirring helps to ensure that the heat distributes evenly, which prevents the custard from curdling due to excessive heat.

What makes custard so creamy?

Custard has a unique ingredient requirement that sets it apart from ice cream – the presence of egg yolks. Not only that, but custard must also contain a minimum of 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk to achieve its characteristic velvety consistency.

Why is my custard not creamy?

When preparing an egg custard, it’s essential to use an appropriate amount of cornstarch to achieve the desired thickness. Pre-mixing egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch well ahead of time could potentially cause the custard to become thin and watery once cooked. Moreover, if we utilize an excessive amount of milk, the custard may not thicken as desired.

Can you use cream instead of milk with custard powder?

You can choose to use skimmed, semi-skimmed, or full cream milk when preparing Bird’s custard powder. The thickness of the custard can be customized to your liking with the addition of a little more or less milk. Adjusting the amount of sugar added will allow you to achieve the desired sweetness.

Bottom Line

If you’re a coffee enthusiast, then the Coffee Cream Custard Recipe is one that you must try. With this recipe, you can easily prepare a custard pie that boasts of a creamy and smooth coffee filling. Whether you want a sweet treat for dessert or an indulgence for afternoon tea, this recipe has got you covered.

By following the straightforward recipe how-to, you can whip up this self-indulgent dessert in no time. And don’t worry; it’s adaptable, so you can adjust the recipe to suit your preferences by using substitutes and variations.

To achieve perfect results every time, use the tips provided to ensure that your custard remains creamy and doesn’t become too thick. And if you are not sure about some aspects of this recipe, our FAQ section is packed with answers.

At the end of it all, once you taste the indulgent coffee custard pie with its rich and flavorful filling, you’ll realize why this recipe is irresistible. You may even find yourself making it again and again – and why not? Everyone deserves a little decadence now and then! So what are you waiting for? Get started on your Coffee Cream Custard Pie today!

Coffee Cream Custard

Coffee Cream Custard Recipe

I love desserts w/the flavor of coffee. This coffee dessert by Carol Cutler from "6-Minute Souffle & Other Culinary Delights" has the added advantage of being able to be made the day before a spec occasion. Ms. Cutler may be able to make this in 6 min, but I estimated the time more reasonably & kept in mind that we (you & me) do not have an extra pair of hands to assist us in our kitchens! Enjoy!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 281.4 kcal


  • 1 cup coffee (strong & freshly made)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Pour milk into a 1 qt saucepan. Stir coffee into the milk & slowly bring the mixture to the boiling point.
  • Meanwhile, put the eggs & egg yolks in a lrg mixing bowl & beat together thoroughly w/a wire whisk. Then beat in the cream & sugar.
  • When the milk mixture reaches the boiling point, slowly pour it into the egg mixture, beating vigorously w/the whisk. Add the vanilla extract & beat again.
  • Pour half of the coffee cream into a 10-in pie dish or 6-cup souffle dish. Set the dish in a shallow pan filled w/boiling water to reach halfway up the side of the dish.
  • Working quickly, transfer the dish to the preheated oven & pour the rest of the coffee cream into the dish.
  • Reduce the oven temp to 325°F (160°C) & bake the coffee cream for 1 1/4 hours or till a knife plunged into the center comes out clean & dry.
  • Remove the dish from the oven & allow to cool to room temperature. Cover & refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours to overnite.
  • NOTES: It was strongly emphasized that this dessert must be served icy cold. No other serving suggestions were included, but how could it be wrong to serve in goblets w/a sprinkle of choc shavings? NOT!

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Serving: 199gCalories: 281.4kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 7.5gFat: 14.8gSaturated Fat: 7.9gCholesterol: 238.7mgSodium: 86.5mgSugar: 25.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Brunch, Dessert, Sweet
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