Anglaise Recipe

Creme anglaise Sauce
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Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time10 Min
Ready In30 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthyServings4
SpecialityMain Ingredient


 Granulated sugar3 Ounce (75 Gram)
 Egg yolks5
 Cornflour1 Teaspoon
 Milk3⁄4 Pint (450 Milliliter)
 Vanilla essence/Any other flavoring of same quantity1 Teaspoon
 Unsalted butter30 Milliliter, softened (1-2 Tablespoon, 1 Milliliter Each)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 258 Calories from Fat 125

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21.5%

Saturated Fat 7.3 g36.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 256.5 mg

Sodium 46 mg1.9%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.3%

Dietary Fiber 0.01 g0.04%

Sugars 26.2 g

Protein 6 g11.9%

Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C

Calcium 12.8% Iron 3.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) Slowly whisk the sugar into the egg yolks and further beating hard for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture has turned a pale yellow and, when a little of the mixture is lifted up and allowed to drop across the rest, it should form a slowly dissolving ribbon on the surface.
2) Fold well the cornflour, if you desire to use it (it acts as a minor safety net, allowing you to heat the custard a little more than you would otherwise be able to).

3) Heat the milk in a pan to boiling, and ladle it on to the egg yolks in a thin stream, while continuing to beat the egg yolk mixture continously.
4) Ladle the mixture into a saucepan and heat slowly, mixing all the while using a wooden spatula or spoon, making sure that you reach into every corner of the saucepan.
5) When the sauce coats the spoon as a light, creamy layer, it is done (165°F/ 75°C).
(This will be nowhere near simmering point, and may seem barely warm to you.)
6) Remove immediately off the heat and further whisk for a minute or two to cool the sauce a little.

7) Strain it through a fine sieve, and add flavour as you like : 1 teaspoon (5 ml spoon) vanilla essence for 'classic' custard, or 1 tablespoon (15 ml spoon) of rum, brandy, strong coffee, orange water or rose flower water and serve. .

8) Serve with Christmas pudding or any dessert which should be accompanied by a custard.

If you have to keep the custard warm before serving, leave it in a bowl over a saucepan of warm water.
For extra richness, beat in the softened unsalted butter at the last minute.