Dairy-Free Crème Anglaise (No Tempering)
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This rich but drizzly custard sauce is easy to make, since it requires no tempering at all. Yes, it works wonderfully, and is far less finicky than the traditional method. Please read the post above for ingredient options and recipe notes. You can double all of the ingredients in this recipe for a bigger batch.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 1 cup
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (see Sweetener Note below)
  • 1 cup plain soymilk or lite canned coconut milk (see Milk Alternative Options in post above)
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  1. In a small pot, whisk the yolks and sugar together for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sugar is fully dissolved and the yolks are more of a pale yellow.
  2. Whisk in the milk until smooth.
  3. Place the pot over medium-low heat, and heat, whisking often, for 10 to 20 minutes, or until lightly thickened to coat the back of the spoon. Do not let the mixture reach a boil. The time will depend on your pot and stove, but it should be slowly heated.
  4. Remove he pot from the heat and whisk in the salt and vanilla.
  5. Let the sauce cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will thicken a little more if chilled for a day.
Sweetener Note: This makes a lightly sweet custard sauce. You can increase the sugar to 3 tablespoons, or even ¼ cup, if you want a sweeter finish. You can use another sweetener, like honey or maple syrup, but keep the flavor profile in mind. We haven't tested this recipe with any sugar-free sweeteners.

Thickness Concerns? You can add ½ teaspoon starch in with the egg yolks and sugar if you want to ensure light thickening. But we prefer the classic egg-only texture. See the post above for all options.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tablespoons Calories: 43 Fat: 2.2g Saturated fat: .7g Carbohydrates: 3.7g Sugar: 3.2g Sodium: 31mg Fiber: .3g Protein: 1.9g
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-creme-anglaise-custard