Instant Custard Powder
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Instant Custard Powder is a powder that you make custard sauce from simply by adding hot water, with no additional cooking or work beyond stirring required. It can be prepared and served from a measuring jug.
It is like regular custard powder in that it results in a custard sauce, but regular powder must have milk added to it and then be cooked in a pan.
The powder is a coloured, sweetened and flavoured starch.
There are several store in-house makes of instant custard powder. The most well-known commercial branded name of instant custard powder is Bird’s, which is based on corn starch.
There are low-fat versions of instant custard powder available, though even the regular versions of instant custard powder are not that high in fat to begin with.
You just add boiling water in a measuring cup or jug, stir in as much of the powder as is necessary to make the sauce as thick as you want or need it to be, and serve.
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A jar of Bird’s Instant Custard Powder lists as its ingredients the following: cornstarch (aka cornflour in the UK), milk solids, glucose solids, vegetable fat, sugar, flavours, salt, potassium phosphate, emulsifier, free-flowing agent, colorants including Tartrazine, and acidifying agent.Nutrition FactsPer 175 ml / 3/4 cup, preparedAmountCalories104Fat2.3 gSaturated1.8 gCarbohydrate19.7 gFibre.1 gSugars12.8 gProtein1.0 g
Bird’s launched Instant Custard Powder in 1979.