Serve this classic French sauce with our Chocolate Souffle.
Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2004
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
Whisk together yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale, about 4 minutes.
Pour milk and cream into a medium saucepan. Scrape in vanilla seeds; add the bean. Heat over medium heat until just about to simmer. Reduce heat to low; whisk 1/3 cup into egg-yolk mixture. Return to pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 8 minutes.
Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a stainless-steel bowl set in a large ice-water bath. Discard solids. Chill until cold, stirring occasionally.