This classic vanilla sauce is wonderful warm as a dessert sauce or chilled and poured over berries.
Prepare ahead: The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated until required.
Preparation Time5 min
Preparation Time - Text5 mins
Cooking Time10 min
Cooking Time - Text10
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecreamy, rich, sweet
Type of Dishdessert sauce
- 1¼ cups whole milk
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large egg yolks
- 3 tbsp sugar
Heat the milk and vanilla bean, if using, in a medium saucepan until it bubbles form around the edges. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Using the tip of a knife, scrape half of the seeds from the bean into the milk. Rinse the vanilla bean and save for another use.
Beat the yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl. Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Rinse and dry the saucepan, and return the milk mixture to the pan.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the custard is thick enough to coat the spoon (an instant-read thermometer will read 185°F (85°C)). Do not boil.
Strain through a sieve into a bowl. If not using the vanilla bean, stir in the vanilla extract. To serve warm, use immediately. Or place plastic wrap directly on the surface, pierce a few holes in the wrap, and let cool.
Variation: Citrus Crème Anglaise
Add the grated zest of 1 lemon or orange to the strained custard.
2008 Dorling Kindersley