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Creme Anglaise

This does take a lot of bowls, but it's an elegant topping that makes even canned fruit look like a gourmet dessert. It's great on top of fruit, pound cake, (or eating with a spoon out of the bowl). You do not have to strain it, but it may have a few small lumps if you do not. Lumps do not affect the taste, just the presentation.


 1 1/2 cups whole milk
 5 large egg yolks
 1/3 cup sugar
 pinch of salt
 1 teaspoon vanilla


Heat milk in a sauce pan until steaming. In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until smooth and thick. Slowly whisk into the bowl about 3/4 of the heated milk, whisking constantly. This tempers the eggs so you do not end up with scrambled eggs in the next step. Slowly whisk the egg mixture into the pan with the rest of the hot milk and continue heating on low heat stirring constantly until the mixture gets thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, add vanilla and mix well.

The cool-down step requires transferring the hot mixture to a chilled bowl. For best presentation pour through a fine mesh sieve into the chilled bowl. Normally the chilled bowl is really two bowls that nest with room for ice in between. At home I use nested glass or metal bowls, but on the road almost any bowl that allows heat transfer sitting in a bag with some ice works as a quick replacement. It is important while cooling to stir frequently until thickened.

Serve immediately or cover with a piece of plastic wrap by placing it directly onto the custard. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Milk Eggs Stovetop

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