Spice with ground cinnamon or cloves, if desired.

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Recipe Summary

cook:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1.5 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small, heavy saucepan, heat cream and vanilla until bubbles form at edges.

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  • While cream is heating, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.

Nutrition Facts

109 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 6.3g 2% DV; fat 8.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 95.5mg 32% DV; sodium 10.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2008
Quick, simple, easy version of Creme Anglaise - and a tasty one too. I made a double batch in barely more time than it took to seperate the eggs. If you want a pale creme, whip the yolks very well or use an electic mixer or egg beater. To avoid glops - Be sure to use a heavy saucepan and don't turn the heat up too much. On my stove it was about a 3.5 or 4 of 10 (electric) or else the egg will cook and congeal. Temper the egg well and cook it slowly and you will have a rich, smooth, delicious simple version of a real creme. And if it does get lumps, strain through a mesh sieve - no harm done, it's still yummy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2010
I actually found this creme anglaise to be a bit too sweet and too "eggy" for my taste. (yes I do realize that creme anglaise is a custard which = eggs!!) I am a very seasoned cook and have made creme anglaise numerous times. I know I didn't do anything wrong - it's just the recipe. I have liked other recipes better. Definitely edible though - how can you really go wrong with cream eggs and sugar?:) As for the vanilla you should never add this at the boiling stage. Always add it at the end. The only other modification I made was to add some dark rum at the end to cut some of the sweet/egg richness. Overall this was an average creme anglaise and thus my rating. Read More
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75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2008
Quick, simple, easy version of Creme Anglaise - and a tasty one too. I made a double batch in barely more time than it took to seperate the eggs. If you want a pale creme, whip the yolks very well or use an electic mixer or egg beater. To avoid glops - Be sure to use a heavy saucepan and don't turn the heat up too much. On my stove it was about a 3.5 or 4 of 10 (electric) or else the egg will cook and congeal. Temper the egg well and cook it slowly and you will have a rich, smooth, delicious simple version of a real creme. And if it does get lumps, strain through a mesh sieve - no harm done, it's still yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2006
Excellent recipe. My mother owned a french restaurant when I was a child and this recipe is as good as I remember. To the reviewers that had "lumpy or gloppy" problems.... I believe that you "boiled" your egg yolks. Try waiting and letting the cream temper before adding the yolk mixure then bring it back up to a boil. HTH Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2007
Excellent recipe!!! I also added about 2 tsp almond extract which was the perfect touch!!! I used this recipe to accompany a chewiest brownie recipe off this site and it turned out fabulous! I also made a raspberry syrup in addition to the creme anglais and served the brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Absolutely amazing! If your creme is turning out grainy it means that your yolk is cooking - in this case you must use a heavier pan and during cooking stir constantly and vigorously. You may also take your pan temporarily off the heat to stir the yolk back into smooth consistency. If all else fails the creme can be strained before serving to eliminate the curds. Enjoy!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
This is an excellent recipe: tastes great and extremely easy and fast to whip up at the last minute. I added some bourbon at the end of cooking it - AppleJack or Calvados works well too to give it some kick for my pumpkin bread pudding. It's fantastic and foolproof. If you screw up this recipe you obviously didn't add your hot cream to the egg mixture slow enough. I add at least half of the cream to the egg mixture slowly before adding the agg mixture back into the saucepan and it never fails. Try this! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2010
I actually found this creme anglaise to be a bit too sweet and too "eggy" for my taste. (yes I do realize that creme anglaise is a custard which = eggs!!) I am a very seasoned cook and have made creme anglaise numerous times. I know I didn't do anything wrong - it's just the recipe. I have liked other recipes better. Definitely edible though - how can you really go wrong with cream eggs and sugar?:) As for the vanilla you should never add this at the boiling stage. Always add it at the end. The only other modification I made was to add some dark rum at the end to cut some of the sweet/egg richness. Overall this was an average creme anglaise and thus my rating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
This is a great recipe especially served on bread pudding. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2006
Made as instructed (except used milk instead of cream). Tastes delicious but is gloopy looking as others have mentioned. It certainly doesn't look pretty!. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2006
Mmmm! Pour over pieces of pound cake and fresh fruit. I had this dessert at a local restaurant and the creme anglaise was very runny too. Mine was just as good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2007
This was delicious. Very decedent creamy and sweet. I paired it with some chocolate crepes that were chocolately but not overly sweet and bananas and fresh fruit so it was a great combination. I also substituted fresh vanilla bean (scooped out seeds into the milk mixture and also let the bean seep in the milk) for part of the extract. I think this added a more complex vanilla flavor and you also get the bonus of the seeds dotting the creme so it looks more elegant and gives you a hint as to what is in it. Everyone loved it. I will definitely make it again. I also tempered very slowly and had absolutely no problems with the egg although I did strain through a fine mesh sieve just incase but there were no solids. Read More
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