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creme anglais tempering
Creme Anglaise
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins

Creme Anglaise is a classic French sauce that is used in many desserts.

Servings: 8
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  1. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Carefully scrap seeds.

  2. In a saucepan over a medium heat, bring 2 cups heavy cream to a bare boil with vanilla bean and scraped seeds.

  3. Remove cream from heat. While cream is cooling, beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a mixer, until thick ribbons form.

  4. To temper the egg yolks, and keep them from curdling, gradually add 1 cup warm cream to egg mixture, whisking constantly.

  5. Add tempered egg yolk mixture back into saucepan, with remaining cream and stir constantly over a medium heat, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

  6. Remove from heat and strain through a fine strainer. Remove the vanilla pod. (I rinse it off and dry it, then add it to a bowl of sugar)

  7. Cool custard slightly and then cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to use.