Creme Anglaise

Creme Anglaise is a light custard dessert cream sauce that will take your dessert to the next level. This pairs well with souffle’s, french toast, fresh fruit or drizzled on top of a cake. The ingredients consist of milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks.

The secret to making creme anglaise is to cook this slowly on medium heat It also requires constant stirring so that you don’t scramble the eggs as the mixture begins to heat up. The delicious custard sauce reminds me of creme brulee and is well is worth the extra effort needed to prepare this.

Creme Anglaise

Creme Anglaise is a European dessert cream sauce.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European, French
Keyword: dessert sauce, custard, creme anglaise, stirred custard
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8


  • Heavy saucepan


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise, or 1/2 teaspoon vanila extract


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the milk and heavy cream. Scrape the seeds from the vanila bean. Cook over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  • Once the sauce begins to simmer, remove the pan from the heat, add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Let it cool for 30 minutes. Discard the vanilla pod.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg yolks until blended.
  • Return the milk mixture to a boil over medium heat and then remove from the heat.
  • Add a 1/4 of the milk mixture to the egg mixture and stir quickly. Then the yolk mixture into the pan whisking until blended.
  • Return the mixture to medium heat and cook stirring constantly until the sauce is thick enough to coat the spoon (3-4 minutes). DO NOT LET THIS BOIL.
  • Transfer to a heat proof bowl and stirl frequently until it is room temperature. If you are using vanilla extract add it now. Stir until it is all mixed.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use. This will keep for up to 2 days.
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