- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornstarch. In a small saucepan, heat the milk. Gradually add the milk to the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly, until the mixture is smooth.
- Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 6 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, transfer the crème anglaise to a serving bowl and serve.
Make AheadThe crème anglaise can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Serve WithAlmond Cake with Pears and Crème Anglaise.