Creme Anglaise: This rich, creamy vanilla custard sauce will take your desserts to the next level! A classic recipe that’s infinitely versatile, made from just 5 ingredients.

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Have you ever heard of Creme Anglaise?

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t- it used to be everywhere but now it’s not something you really see every day. Mostly it’s reserved for fancy French restaurants, but I’m on a mission to make it part of your every day baking!

Creme Anglaise: sweet vanilla custard sauce being drizzled from a gold spoon into a small decorative pitcher.

Just look at that rich sauce! It’s so creamy and its vanilla game is on point. The flavor in this creme anglaise will knock your socks off!

How do you make creme anglaise?

It’s pretty simple really. There are only 5 ingredients and I bet you already have most of them on hand.

The hardest part is just making sure not to scramble the eggs. I have a couple of useful techniques that will help to safeguard this from happening for you:

  1. Gently warm, or “temper” the yolks by adding the hot liquid in slowly.
  2. Cook the sauce low and slow, while whisking constantly.
  3. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve, to remove any lumps or graininess.
  4. Cool it instantly by placing it into an ice bath just as soon as it thickens up.

If you take these precautions, you should be just fine!

Now, you may have noticed, I said most of the ingredients are probably on hand. I realize not everyone keeps vanilla beans in their baking cupboard! But recently, I started keeping a stash, and I think they’re great to have for certain recipes.

This is definitely one of those recipes!

Real vanilla bean adds so much to this custard sauce. The little black flecks are so pretty, and the heady fragrance and sweet flavor just take this creme anglaise to the next level. If you’re not sure where to get whole vanilla beans, check out the link just above the recipe card, or the ones that are highlighted in the recipe itself. They are totally affordable and you can have them delivered to your doorstep within a few days!

That said, if you’d really prefer not to use whole vanilla beans, you can substitute with 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Creme Anglaise: rich, velvety vanilla custard sauce being poured over a bowl of berries, sitting on a linen napkin with a gold spoon off to one side.

What can I do with this creme anglaise?

This sauce is so versatile! You can pour it over just about any kind of dessert, and it will make it so much more special!

Try it alongside of some of these favorites:

These are just a few suggestions; really this sauce is good on just about anything! Honestly I think one of the best ways to enjoy it is just poured over some fresh berries, like you see here!

Creme Anglaise: rich, velvety vanilla custard sauce being poured over a bowl of berries, sitting on a linen napkin with a gold spoon off to one side.

More great sauce recipes on my “Icings, Frostings, Fillings, & Toppings” Pinterest board!


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Creme Anglaise
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Creme Anglaise: This rich, creamy vanilla custard sauce will take your desserts to the next level! A classic recipe that's infinitely versatile, made from just 5 ingredients.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: creme anglaise
Servings: 8
Calories: 245 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the milk in cream in a small saucepan.
  2. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife, scrape out the seeds, and add them (along with the empty pod) to the milk and cream mixture.
  3. Heat the mixture on medium low heat, until small bubbles begin to appear around the edges and wisps of steam are rising from the surface.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the yolks and sugar together.
  5. In a slow, steady stream, pour the hot liquid over the yolk mixture, while whisking.
  6. When all the liquid has been added, transfer the custard back to the pot and place over low heat, whisking constantly.
  7. Gently cook until the custard has thickened slightly (it should coat the back of a spoon), about 5 minutes. (Sauce will become thicker as it cools)
  8. Remove from the heat and pour the sauce through a fine mesh strainer, into a heat-safe vessel.
  9. Place the heat-safe vessel into a larger bowl filled with ice water, to chill.
  10. Keep the creme anglaise refrigerated until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Creme Anglaise will keep (refrigerated) for about 1 week.

Nutrition Facts
Creme Anglaise
Amount Per Serving
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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