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Creme Anglaise

Serve Dorie Greenspan's delectable creme anglaise with her Caramel-Topped Semolina Cake from her book "Around My French Table."

  • yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Prepare an ice-water bath and set aside. Bring milk and cream to a boil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk yolks and sugar together until well combined and slightly thickened. Slowly whisk in 1/3 of the hot milk mixture until egg mixture is slightly heated, then continue whisking remaining milk mixture into egg mixture. Return mixture to saucepan and place over medium heat; cook, stirring, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and reaches between 170 and 180 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.

  3. Step 3

    Remove from heat and strain into a bowl; stir in vanilla. Place bowl in ice-water bath and stir to cool, about 20 minutes. Remove bowl from ice-water bath and cover; transfer to refrigerator for at least 24 hours and up to 3 days before using.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

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