Fresh Fruit Salad with Creamy Custard

Total Time:
45 min
20 min
15 min
10 min

8 servings

  • 6 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 melon, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 quart blackberries
  • 1/2 quart blueberries
  • Custard:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the fruit:
  • Place fruit into a large bowl and toss together.
  • For the custard:
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk milk and sugar constantly.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly incorporate the hot milk into the egg mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Heat the custard over low heat about 5 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring constantly. (It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not let the mixture come to a simmer or the eggs will curdle.)

  • Remove from heat and melt the butter into custard. Add vanilla. Immediately strain the custard into a small bowl. Place in refrigerator to cool.

  • Drizzle over fruit and serve.

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YUMMMMMY item not reviewed by moderator and published
The custard would just not thicken up. I went way past the five minutes over low heat without simmering it and was still looking runny. I moved it to the refrigerator, hoping it would get harder when cold, but that didn't happen. Like another review says, seems like there's an ingredient missing. The flavor is great, but it is not custard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So Delicous!And not to mention, when i put all the fruit in with it, i looked so fancy! My family thanked me a million times over. Try this one for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a hit for my daughter and her office staff. I made this for their staff meeting and boy did I get the kodos. Thanks Paula,I followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out GReat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This light, creamy custard is delicious! I followed the custard recipe exactly. Fresh peaches are available in my area, so that is what I used. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ifollowed this recipe to a tee for the custard. After cooking and stirring for way past the 5 minutes as called out in the recipe I was wondering why my custard was stil as thin as when I started. So 20 minutes later and me keeping the temp at low so it would not "curdle" I decided that it was time to do something different. So I took the custard off the heat and took about 1/2 cup out and mixed about 1 tsp cornstrach, it still did not thicken so 30 minutes into stirring I added another 2 Tsp of cornstarch to the batch. Then I Had to bring it to a boil to at least start to thicken. Is this recipe missing an ingrediant or what did I do wrong. 30 minutes later I finally had a custard that coated the back of a spoon as recipe stated. It is in the fridge now and I wil add it to my 10 types of fruit tommorrow. but what did I do wrong? 5 minutits no way. Maybe 30 minutes with corn starch at low heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, good, good! Takes me bake to my mom making custard for her banana pudding. I will use this custard recipe often to top cakes and fruit !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was delicious,,i used splenda instead of the reg sugar cause of sugar restrictions. You can add just about any fruit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I let the custard stand on it's own. Delicious. You can add some coconut to it as well. With fruit, I mix blueberries, raspberries, cantalope and watermelon. Wonderful!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This was amazing, I do prefer the custard by itself. It's pudding and I will make it again. I would use 1/2 of sugar maybe a little less. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't tell you how good this recipe for the custard is. I wanted to make a custard to go with my crepes I was making and this went absolutely perfect with them. I kept it on the heat for another min. or two to thicken it up and it came out perfect. I made the custard and my crepe batter the night before and refrigerated it over night and all I did was have to get up and cook my crepes and cut my fruit up and it was so easy and worked great. I usually make the boxed vanilla pudding and it's always bitter. I made the recipe to the T and I wouldn't change anything about it. I have never loved crepes more, and my husband usually doesn't like to eat crepes, but with this custard he ate all of them with just the custard rolled up inside and he couldn't get enough. Thanks Paula it's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yea dont over cook it even for a minute cuz it will get clumpy like the recipe says. i overcooked and thats exactly what happened. i thought it got ruined but i still ate it with the fruits and it tastes really good. so i can only imagine if it was smooth without the clumps it would be perfect. you should definitely try this recipe. im anot a sweet person so for me this was a bit much sugar. but when u add the berries to it, its kinda balances it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and it was very good. It was a little thin like the last reviewer said and mine didn't thicken up a whole lot in the fridge either. However, I served the fruit parfait style and drizzled the custard over the top and it worked out perfectly! The consistency was just right for pouring over the top. If it was much thicker than it would have been a dollop. It tastes amazing too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe, came out beautiful .. It was yummy. Thanks Paula for the recipe ! I would like to give some suggestions - I tried double boiling when making the custard. I kept stirring constantly and it turned out to be thick. And when we keep in the fridge it becomes a little more thick again. And if you are a sweet person, you could caramelize some sugar and put your fruits in it and keep in the fridge. (Make sure that you dont over caramelize it) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Enjoyed every spoonfull and so did my friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for the first time today, for dessert tonight, and it turned out exactly as the directions stated and thickened pretty quickly. I will be serving it tonight with fresh strawberries and blueberries. I also substituted 1% milk for the whole milk because that's all I had on hand and it turned out just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watched the episode. Made it and had to cook custard about 7 minutes longer to slightly thicken. I thought it was very thin. However the taste was great. My family loved it over fresh fruit. Can't wait to read other reviews to see if they had the same outcome. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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