Anglaise (Fresh Custard) Sauce

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Fabulous Food

Fabulous Food

By Gary Rhodes

Published 1997

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This recipe is for a fresh custard or anglaise sauce which can act as a base for so many different flavours. You must only ever serve it warm, not boiled, or you will scramble the egg yolks in the cream mix. The fresh vanilla is optional and can be omitted when using other flavours.


  • 8 egg yolks
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar


Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until well blended. Split and scrape the insides of the vanilla pod, if using, into the milk and cream and bring to the boil. Sit the bowl over a pan of hot water and whisk the cream into the egg mixture. As the egg yolks warm, the cream will thicken to create a custard. Keep stirring until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove the bowl from the he