creme anglaise real custard
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Creme anglaise ('real custard')

Nothing like the stuff out of a packet, this 'real custard' (creme anglaise) is rich, creamy deliciousness.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: creme anglaise recipe, custard from scratch, easy dessert
Servings: 2 +
Calories: 288kcal
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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 202mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 17.9% | Calcium: 18% | Iron: 2.7%