March 28, 2010

Crème Anglaise with Seasonal Fruits

Crème Anglaise is a light custard sauce made with eggs, milk and sugar. We had this sauce with soufflé and it just fabulous! It is so dreamy and light that it is great with any seasonal fruits or plain cakes. This recipe is inspired by Julia Child's, The Way to Cook. I cut the sugar down to about ½ cup instead of 2/3 cups, and I used Grand Marnier liqueur instead. As for the eggs, they are from our hen, Ruby.
6 fresh egg yolks
2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla paste or vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. liqueur (rum, cognac, optional)
1½ cups hot milk
1. Whisk the egg yolks in a saucepan, adding sugar by the spoonsful stimultaneously. Continue beating the egg and sugar mixture until it is pale yellow and thick. Gently stir in the hot milk (not boiling) into the mixture to mix. Note: Do not beat the mixture to create foam!
2. Set the saucpan over moderately low heat, stirring slowly with a spoon, from the bottom and the sides of the saucepan. The sauce should come near to, but not the simmer. Be careful not to overheat the sauce as it will scramble the yolks, just heat it enough so that it thickens. Note: It is almost ready when you see surface bubbles starts to subside, and a whiff of steam rising. It is done when it coats the spoon with a light creamy layer thick enough to hold when you run your finger across it.
3. Beat in the vanilla, butter, and liqueur if using. Serve it warm or cold with seasonal fruits, cakes, or soufflé.

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