Not the queen’s pudding, but the queen’s custard

I was pondering on queen’s pudding yesterday, or the queen of puddings, and I came to the conclusion that although my mum never made it at home, I did have it somewhere when I was a child and hadn’t liked it very much. It seems to be a mixture of breadcrumbs soaked in milk and beaten eggs, jam and meringue… perhaps I should try making it, but it doesn’t sound very appealing, even though it Mary Berry who is the true queen of puddings has a very nice sounding recipe.

Eliza Acton, from whom the more famous Mrs Beeton ‘borrowed’ a lot of recipes, has a recipe for Queen Mab’s pudding in her 1845 recipe book, and she also has a recipe for The Queen’s Custard:

The Queen’s Custard

  • 12 new laid egg yolks beaten and strained
  • 1½ pint cream
  • 3 oz sugar
  • a little salt
  • 1½ noyau, maraschino or cuirasseau
  • sliced almonds (optional)
  1. heat the cream with the sugar and when it is boiling pour onto the beaten yolks
  2. remove from the heat, add the salt and stir until thick
  3. when nearly cold, flavour with the noyau, maraschino or cuirasseau
  4. add the sliced almonds or not, at pleasure

Noyau – a liqueur made of brandy flavoured with fruit kernels
Maraschino – a liqueur made from the small, slightly sour fruit of the tapiwa cherry tree
Cuirasseau – a liqueur flavoured with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao

My featured image is of a beautiful cherry tree growing at my old school.


  1. David Lewis

    We’re having stuffed spaghetti squash tonite my fave. Your hubby would luv it as the stuffing is rice. onions, peppers and hamburger with bar- b- q sauce topped with cheese at the end. No desserts in our house. Can’t afford a new belt!

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    1. Lois

      That certainly sounds right up my husband’s street! He has a gig tonight at a pub in Cheddar – near the Gorge, and we’re meeting friends for a curry first, so no spaghetti squash for him!


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