Vanilla Custard Sauce (British) Recipe

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This sauce is served over steamed puddings, fruit crisps (crumbles), and any dessert that would be enhanced by a creamy vanilla sauce. It's the perfect homemade replacement for Byrd's Custard powder. One warning, however: 1) use a small, "thick-bottom" saucepan, and 2) cook over low heat and don't allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle! If it does curdle, you might be able to salvage it by blending briefly in a blender. [Measurements are U.S. Standard}

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Servings: 4


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  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 yolks, or 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Heat the milk until scalded.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the yolks (or egg) with the sugar to blend.
  3. Whisking all the time, slowly whisk in the scalded milk to prevent egg from curdling until blended. Pour into heavy saucepan.
  4. Over medium-low heat cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a metal spoon. It's essential to stir constantly so it will cook evenly and not curdle. Eventually it will begin to thicken slightly. When the sauce coats the spoon, remove it from the heat. Stir in the vanilla and chill. It will thicken slightly, but will be of pouring consistency like thick cream. If it does boil and curdle, blend briefly in a blender while still hot, then chill it.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 101g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 137  
Calories from Fat 43 31%
Total Fat 4.73g 6%
Saturated Fat 2.24g 9%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 35mg 1%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbs 19.63g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 19.93g 13%
Protein 3.8g 6%
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  • Barry C. Parsons
    March 13, 2010
    Ah...le creme Anglaise... I know it well...even better with a vanilla pod. Here's one of my favorite things to serve it on:

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