Recipe: chocolate custard pudding

Chocolate custard pudding
(makes two servings)
Suitable for Cruise, Consolidation & Attack
ONE serving counts as TWO tolerated food servings


  • 35g Birds Custard Powder (NOT the instant custard with added sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons low-fat cocoa powder (with no added sugar)
  • 500ml skimmed milk
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules


  • Medium saucepan
  • Fine wire sieve
  • Two jugs/bowls (one broad one for mixing the custard powder in cold milk, one narrower one for mixing the cocoa powder in hot milk)
  • Tupperware containers at the ready for swift packaging, if you’re not eating it immediately


  1. Measure out 500ml of milk in a jug.  Pour most of it in the saucepan, but leave about 50ml in the jug, and put 50 ml in the other jug
  2. Put saucepan of milk on to heat up (don’t let it boil!)
  3. Stir the birds custard powder into the milk in the broad jug, and set aside
  4. Heat the remaining milk in small jug in the microwave, until hot enough to easily dissolve the cocoa.  Add cocoa, stir like a mad thing, breaking up lumps with the back of a spoon against the edge of the jug.  Once the cocoa has mostly dissolved, add it to the saucepan of milk, and stir constantly.
  5. Once the saucepan of milk looks like it’s about to start boiling, take it off the heat, and slowly pour it into the broad jug with the custard powder, stirring the mix constantly.
  6. Return mix to the saucepan on a very gentle heat, and keep stirring until it thickens.  Never let it stand too long or you’ll get a nasty skin on top.
  7. Once it’s all thickened, add sweetener to taste, and the tiny bit of instant coffee.
  8. Stir it all in, then pour mix through the strainer back into the broad jug – this catches any nasty teensy lumps which threaten to ruin your custard experience.
  9. Serve immediately, or package into Tupperware containers  and seal lids straight away.  Leave to cool, and then allow to set in the fridge overnight.


  • If your mix is too runny, try adding a little extra custard powder next time, or repeat steps 2 and 5 – DON’T PUT THE CUSTARD POWDER DIRECTLY INTO THE MIX!! Always pour the mix onto the custard powder that’s been mixed with a tiny bit of milk.
  • And be careful not to add too much custard powder, I’ve had it go rock solid in the past!! It will thicken a little more as it sets.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeanette on October 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Thank You Charlotte.
    I am going to try it tomorrow – yummy I can’t wait! there is no Birds here so it will have to be another kind. It is not sweetened so I am hoping it is OK………..I liked the bit about stirring like a mad thing!!!


  2. Posted by Bee on October 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Yes, thank you Charlotte.
    I too am going to make it tomorrow – it sounds delicious!
    XX Bee


  3. No worries ladies! I can’t wait to hear how you go! 🙂



  4. Posted by Bee on October 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Oh Charlottte I have just made it and am eating it out of the pan as I type. It is absolutely gorgeous and not a lump in sight!.
    XX Bee


  5. I made a version of this yeaserday and ate the whole lot! (I hope that wasn’t an ‘oops’ on a pp day…) I didn’t have any cocoa powder so I omitted the coffee as well and flavoured it with a pinch of nutmeg, a dash of cinnamon and 1/2tsp of vanilla extract. It reminded me of egg nog, which I LOVE and haven’t had since moving to the UK. =D


    • See, I liked it so much I’m slurring my words – that should read: ‘yesterday’


    • Oooh, I’d forgotten about this recipe! I’ve not made it in a while, because it’s such a pain to make. Bear in mind that the Birds Custard Powder is laden with Cornflour, which counts towards your tolerated foods. If you put in custard powder AND cocoa (which you didn’t do, so it’s cool) then you’re looking at two tolerated foods per serving.

      If you just made it without the cocoa, then ONE serving = ONE tolerated food allowance. Therefore the whole shebang (ie both servings) is both your tolerated food allowances for the day. 🙂

      I love the nutmeg/cinnamon addition – it does sound very christmassy. I hate eggnog though, so I guess I’ll go on adding the cocoa. 🙂


      PS – when are you coming back to Edinburgh? Have you joined a roller derby league near you? Is there one? There’s an ARRG game this weekend – maybe you should come? 🙂


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