This sauce is based on a classic vanilla anglaise, a sauce thickened with egg yolks and served cold over berries, chocolate cake or with a hot fruit pie. It was invented by the French but called anglaise (or "English" in French) because they observed the English always pouring a light colored cream liquid on their desserts. That liquid was what the British call "pouring cream," and it's a very thick flavorful cold cream they serve with dessert in a pitcher and pour it over everything.
Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand
Show: Sweet Dreams
Save Recipe Print
Nutmeg Vanilla Sauce
Total:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Heat the milk, nutmeg, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking occasionally to make sure the mixture doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. When the cream mixture reaches a fast simmer (do not let it boil), turn off the heat and let the flavors infuse for 10 minutes.

In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. In a thin stream, whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Pour the egg-cream mixture back into the saucepan.

Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to 180 degrees F. At 160 degrees F, the mixture will give off a puff of steam. When the mixture reaches 180 degrees it will be thickened and creamy, like eggnog. If you don't have a thermometer, test it by dipping a wooden spoon into the mixture. Run your finger down the back of the spoon. If the stripe remains clear, the mixture is ready; if the edges blur, the mixture is not quite thick enough yet. When it is ready, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it though a fine-meshed strainer into a container in an ice bath to cool. Keep chilled and serve cold.

Best of Food Network 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Giant Chocolate Lava Cake 00:36

Create this cake's lava center by burying ice cream bars in the batter.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Basic Vanilla Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Basic Vanilla Milkshake

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand

Go-To Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake)

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian

Hollandaise Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Alfredo Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Tartar Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Browse Reviews By Keyword