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Foolproof Creme Anglaise (Classic Vanilla Custard Sauce) Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

My Foolproof Creme Anglaise is a sweet custard-like sauce, the name of which is French for "English cream," and my method truly is foolproof. 

Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: French
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) cream (any type of fresh cream will do)
  • 1 1/2 cups (12floz/340ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
  • 6 egg yolks
  1. In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan add the cream, milk, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla pod and beans

  2. Simmer over medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble around the edge of the pan, for about 2 minutes, do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and let stand for 20 minutes.

  3. While the cream mixture is infusing, whisk the egg yolks with remaining 1/4 cup of sugar in a medium bowl.

  4. Ladle some of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, then swiftly whisk to combine. Add another ladle of the infused milk to the eggs until the egg mixture is warm to the touch. This method is called tempering and it prevents the eggs from curdling. 

  5. Pour the tempered cream and egg mixture into the remaining cream in the saucepan, then return the pan to the heat. 

  6. Continue to cook over medium heat while constantly stirring until the custard coats the back of a spoon, this will take about 5 to 7 minutes.

  7. Once the custard has thickened, remove from the heat and strain through a sieve into a medium bowl to remove any lumps and the vanilla pod. 

  8. Place the custard in an ice bath to cool it down quickly and prevent overcooking. 

  9. Once cooled, cover and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up 4 days. Serve with pies, crisps and cobblers. 

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