Notes: This rich, smooth sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept covered and chilled. Our favorite liqueurs for this recipe include Kahlúa, Frangelico, and Drambuie.

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Makes about 1 1/2 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • With a sharp paring knife, cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise. With the tip of a sharp knife, scrape out vanilla seeds into a small saucepan.

  • Add bean halves and milk to saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and let mixture sit 15 minutes. Discard vanilla bean halves.

  • Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch into milk and bring to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly, until mixture boils and thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Immediately pour mixture into a bowl and let cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature. For extra fun, try adding up to 2 tbsp. brandy or liqueur to the bowl as cream cools.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per tablespoon.

Nutrition Facts

24 calories; calories from fat 41%; protein 0.8g; fat 1.1g; saturated fat 0.5g; carbohydrates 2.5g; sodium 8.4mg; cholesterol 29mg.