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Vanilla Custard Sauce

This recipe for vanilla custard sauce is from Emily Luchetti's "Classic Stars Desserts."

  • yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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Ingredients

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 piece (1 inch long) vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and salt until well combined.

  3. Step 3

    Pour milk into a heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan. If using the vanilla bean, scrape seeds from pod halves into the milk using the tip of a knife. Add pod halves. Place over medium heat until small bubbles appear around the edges of the pan.

  4. Step 4

    Remove from heat and slowly pour milk mixture into egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula, until slightly thickened and coats the back of the spatula, about 5 minutes. Pour into a medium bowl and set bowl in ice water bath. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla extract, if using.

  5. Step 5

    Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into another bowl, cover, and refrigerate until serving.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2007

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