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creme anglaise real custard
Creme anglaise ('real custard')
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins

Nothing like the stuff out of a packet, this 'real custard' (creme anglaise) is rich, creamy deliciousness.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: creme anglaise recipe, custard from scratch, easy dessert
Servings: 2 +
Calories: 288 kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking
  • 1 cup milk 240ml
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream 60ml double cream
  • 1/2 vanilla pod or 1/4tsp extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp sugar (fine)
  • 1 tsp corn starch corn flour
  1. Warm the milk, cream and vanilla in a small pan over a low heat until it is just about to simmer. Remove from heat and remove the vanilla pod.
  2. While the milk is heating, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and corn starch in a medium bowl until they are well combined - it should go a pale yellow color and be almost glassy-looking.
  3. Gradually add a little of the warm milk at a time to the yolk mixture, whisking so they are combined, until it has all been added.
  4. Transfer the mixture back to the pan and warm over a low heat, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon/spatula, until it thickens up. It should just coat the back of the spoon as you take it out the mixture.
  5. Either serve warm immediately eg as a side to pie or crumble, or transfer to two small ramekins. Cover the surface with cling wrap/film and leave to cool then put in the fridge to chill. Serve cold with berries eg redcurrants or raspberries.
Nutrition Facts
Creme anglaise ('real custard')
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 248mg 83%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 202mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 18g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 17.9%
Calcium 18%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.