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Chocolate Crème Anglaise

Yield Makes about 5 1/2 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Prep and Cook Time: 35 minutes, plus at least 1 hour chilling time. Notes: The sauce will thicken further when chilled. Make up to 3 days ahead.


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Nutrition Information

  • calories 318
  • caloriesfromfat 65 %
  • protein 6.3 g
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 13 g
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • sodium 49 mg
  • cholesterol 200 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium heat, cook milk, cream, and sugar, stirring often, until mixture begins to steam and bubble around edges of pan, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Put egg yolks in a bowl and whisk in about 1/2 cup hot milk mixture, then pour egg mixture back into pan and whisk to blend. Cook, stirring with a flexible, heatproof spatula over medium-low heat until custard reaches 160° on an instant-read thermometer and thickens noticeably, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla.

  3. Pour through a fine strainer set over a bowl. Set the bowl of custard in a larger bowl of ice and water for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture cools. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap pressed against surface of custard. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

  4. Other crème anglaise uses. Use this versatile custard in any number of desserts. Some of our favorite options:

  5. In a tart: Pour into a baked pastry shell and top with raspberries.

  6. In a layer cake: Spread the sauce between each layer, then frost with your favorite icing.

  7. In chocolate cream pie: Pour into a prepared cookie-crumb crust and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

  8. In a parfait: Layer the sauce with vanilla crème anglaise (or vanilla pudding), almonds, and crushed meringues or shortbread cookies.

  9. As a pudding: Simply serve as is, with a bit of whipped cream.

  10. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/2 cup serving.