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Lavender Flavoured Crème Anglaise

Lavender Crème Anglaise

Liz Thompson
If you're looking to broaden your horizons and add some aromatic flavours to your dishes, this custard sauce is the way to go. Whether you add it to some delicate desserts or brighten up a seafood dish, this crème anglaise is a beautiful custard sauce recipe to keep in your back pocket.
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups Half and Half
  • 7 Egg Yolks medium size eggs
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ oz Fresh Lavender Flowers* no stems

Instructions
 

  • In a heavy saucepan, bring the half & half and lavender just to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes to allow lavender to infuse into the heavy cream. Strain out lavender.
  • Bring back to a boil and turn off the heat.
  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in 1/3 of the hot heavy cream into the egg/sugar mixture to allow the temperature of the eggs/sugar to equal that of the heavy cream.**
  • Return the entire mixture to the saucepan with the remaining heavy cream.
  • Whisk the sauce over very low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon; this will happen quickly and remember that the liquid is hot and will be much thicker when it cools.
  • Do not allow the mixture to curdle.
  • As soon as the sauce thickens, removes it from heat and pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl.
  • Chill the sauce over an ice bath (bowl with ice underneath).
  • Cover and refrigerate.

Notes

*If using dried lavender, use 1/8 cup; dry herbs are more potent than fresh.
**This is called “tempering,” and is done to avoid “cooking” the eggs.
Keyword Cream, Crème, Custards
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