Coconut Milk in Thermomix Lemon Custard Recipe

Thermomix custard recipe with coconut

People who attend a Thermomix demo will often sample the consultant’s Lemon Custard recipe. For many who taste it, this gently sweetened classic dessert becomes a “go to” comfort food to be repeated as soon as the new kitchen machine is delivered. And why not — it’s a super simple recipe that can be dressed up or down and pleases all age groups.

Usually custard is made with cow’s milk but for those who are frugal and/or lactose intolerant the easy Thermomix  Lemon Custard Recipe can be made with coconut milk. We can choose to use thick or… light coconut milk for a less rich result that still satisfies the craving. And there’s an economic reason for this tweak too: by making our own coconut milk (from “Fast and Easy Indian Cooking”), we cut the cost of custard by about 50%!

Thermomix Lemon Custard with coconut milk

Coconut Milk in Thermomix Lemon Custard Recipe
Cuisine: Thermomix
Recipe type: Dessert, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • 80 g (2.8 oz) sugar
  • 500 g (17.6 oz) coconut milk (make your own)
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 g (1 oz) flour
  • zest of one lemon (I choose organic lemons for zesting)
  • optional: dry coconut and/or dried maple sugar for sprinkling on top
  1. Grind sugar with lemon zest for 10 seconds/speed 8.
  2. Add eggs, coconut milk, flour and cook for 7 minutes/90ºC/195ºF/speed 4.
  3. Pour into small bowls and serve warm or allow to cool and refrigerate.


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See 27 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Gretchen August 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Looks yummy and so easy. Now where did I put that coconut?

  2. Valerie August 6, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    I made the coconut mik once and I thought ti was a pain. For all the trouble, just buy it.

  3. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by to comment with your experience Valerie. It’s so interesting how everyone is different — and we each have our own ways of ‘valuing’ Thermomix. For me it feels so much easier (and SO much less expensive) to make coconut milk than to buy it. Pour dry coconut into bowl, add water, set the machine, pour it out, squeeze, and repeat. In fact I secretly look forward to making it as it feels like I’m cheating the grocery store out of a few dollars each time. I have not used the other methods (for example, with fresh coconut) as those (to me) feel more bothersome. I wonder which method you used?

  4. Gretchen August 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh you are both right. Starting with the whole coconut, which we have a lot of, is a pain in the butt, but starting with the dry coconut is easy as. Like you say Helene so much cheaper and usually something most would have on hand. Having said that, I usually have coconut milk on hand but your recipe is handy when I mistake the condensed milk can for coconut and I find I have none.

  5. Wendy August 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    I love making the coconut milk. It is so easy and I just do it as I am gathering the other ingredients together for the Thai dish. The more often you do it the easy it gets.

  6. Mara August 8, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    I didn’t think it was all that troublesome, really- And if you consider the savings… well, then it’s a breeze.

  7. Janie August 8, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    If you would like to make this recipe gluten free as well as dairy free, just use corn flour instead of wheat flour – it works perfectly.

  8. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I think my enthusiasm for making coconut milk this way might not be shared by Thermomix users who live in places such as Australia and Malaysia, where coconut milk is more commonplace. While that’s understandable, I have to repeat that here, the sheer cost ($7.50 per litre) means it is so worthwhile to simply make up a batch. Plus, I feel I am cheating the grocery stores out of a few dollars each time I do so ;-) I also love having both a bottle of “rich” and a bottle of “light” in the fridge from which to draw from as needed. Before making my own I would often forgo the coconut milk ingredient in recipes because it was simply too inconvenient or not worth the cost. It’s so easy, I don’t even think twice and there is always dessicated coconut on hand but I realize this is not the same for everyone.

  9. Mara August 9, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Thank you for the tip, Janie (and Helene, again, for the recipe) I have just the candidates for this dessert!
    About the fuss/cost of coconut milk, it’s pretty expensive in Spain and you only get it in 400ml cans.

  10. Tenina August 12, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    Wow Helene, your pics are looking so great. Loving your work… :)

  11. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 15, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Thanks Tenina, right back atcha.

  12. Sweet Hampers September 7, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    In the Philippines, coconuts are sold at about 3 pieces a dollar. As a custard lover. this makes me want to go back to my home country and get my hands to as many coconuts as possible.

  13. ThermomixBlogger Helene September 9, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    Oh my — THREE coconuts for a dollar?!? This price makes me crazy!

  14. Lisa September 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    We can buy a tin of coconut milk (or cream) here in Australia for less than a dollar in some supermarkets (Aldi is good). Definitely going to try this one in the gluten free version using cornflour. Have other family that are dairy intolerant so this is a perfect dessert compromise when they are visiting!

  15. ThermomixBlogger Helene September 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Wow Lisa – there’s a great big difference in price on that tin of coconut milk between our two countries. (I’m so glad I don’t even have to THINK about the price of coconut milk, now that I make my own!)

  16. Fiona Elliott October 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Hi there,

    Love your site, just found it the other day thru a friend. I made your very delicious almond orange cake…divine. Love this recipe too any tips on making this custard without eggs. My son has an egg allergy.

    cheers Fee
    Brisbane, Australia

  17. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 16, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Hi Fiona — so glad to hear of your success with the almond orange cake. It’s is such a reliable recipe that ALWAYS impresses and can be used for so many occasions. (and so easy too!)

    As for the egg-free custard, I haven’t done it yet, so best I can do is point you to this page, and this page on the forum,,, hope these help!

  18. Fiona Elliott October 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    thanks Helene, have written them down and will have a go this weekend

  19. Sue March 29, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    Thanks for the recipe, I’ve just finished eating it and it was nice. I am a new TMX owner/user and I can’t say that I did a good job with the lemon rind, just a bit chewy,
    Coconut milk is cheap here too.

  20. Katherine March 31, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Hi, if I wanted to make yoghurt would I use the thick or thin coconut milk?

  21. ThermomixBlogger Helene April 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Hi Katherine — I’ve never done it myself… but I’d use the thick. (Also, it may help to read this article on making yogurt from coconut milk.)

  22. New bees September 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi..thanks for the blog,,I’m new to thermomix., just wondering if I can use 250ml coconut milk and 250 full cream milk for the lemon custard?

  23. ThermomixBlogger Helene September 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi there ‘New bees’ :) Okay, I’ve never tried this myself but my guess is that it would work… Why not try it and see! Isn’t it fun that by owning a Thermomix you have already become a more adventurous cook ;-)

  24. Jenny Odgers October 20, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    I have just purchased a thermomix and am loving it soo much.
    I have been making so many recipes.

  25. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    That’s so great to hear Jenny! One AMAZING thing about Thermomis is that we never become ‘tired’ of using it. Don’t be surprised if your interest deepens and your culinary horizons keep expanding. You may just surprise yourself ;-) Unlike so many other gadgets and appliances, Thermomix is one that holds our attention and interest more and more over time. Your adventure is just beginning… hang on for a really FUN ride!


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