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Fresh Berry Crème Anglaise

September 20th, 2010 · 23 Comments

Fresh Berry Crème Anglaise

Fresh Berry Crème Anglaise

Before I get into the details of this delightful dessert I want to remind everyone to start voting for your next Food Blog Star on Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog. The voting started at 9:00 am EDT today and continues through Thursday, September 23, 2010, and the winners are announced on Friday, September 24, 2010.  Of the original 1,890 contestants participating in round one which is known as “Ready, Set, Blog!”, only 400 get to advance to the next round of the competition.

You can vote by clicking the link to Challenge #1: Ready, Set, Blog!

On to the recipe…

Fresh berries are one of the finest dessert ingredients you can find, and when lightly coated then gently tossed with a rum infusion and a bit of sugar, the fresh berries come alive and meld well with a classic Crème Anglaise dessert sauce.

The Crème Anglaise is a classic French dessert sauce preparation, and if you learn only one dessert sauce you should perfect this one. It is a true masterpiece, and when executed perfectly makes any dessert even better. In its pure simplicity and with just five ingredients, this dessert sauce is to die for!

For the Crème Anglaise

The ingredients
½ Cup Sugar, granulated
4 Large Egg yolks
1 Tsp Cornstarch
1 ¾ Cups Milk, scalded
1 Tbsp Vanilla
The procedures
1. In a small stainless steel mixing bowl, gradually beat the sugar into the egg yolks and continue beating for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is pale yellow and forms a ribbon.
2. Beat in the starch into the yolk sugar mixture until dissolved.
3. While beating the yolk mixture, very gradually pour in the scalded milk in a thin steady stream, being sure that the yolks are not cooked or start to congeal.
4. Put the bowl over a double boiler or sauce pan containing a warm bath of simmering water. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon stir continuously reaching all over the bottom and sides of the bowl, until the sauce thickens just enough to coat the back of a spoon with a light, creamy sauce-like layer. Do not let the custard-like sauce come to simmer, it should never get over 170° F.
5. When the sauce is thickened to the proper consistency, remove from the heat and using a wire whisk beat the sauce for a minute or two to cool it. Strain it through a fine sieve into another bowl, and beat in the vanilla.
6. Set the bowl of sauce into a larger bowl of cold water, and stir frequently until cool. Then cover and chill.


For the Berries

The ingredients
½ Cup Strawberries
½ Cup Blueberries
½ Cup Raspberries
2 Tbsp Sugar, granulated
1 Tbsp Zaya Rum
The procedures
1. In a small bowl combine the sugar and rum, stir well until sugar is dissolved.
2. Toss the berries in with the bowl of sweetened rum to coat well.
3. Arrange the berries on two serving dishes and then lightly drizzle them with the Crème Anglaise sauce, garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve immediately.

Zaya Rum

Zaya Rum

A big thank you goes out to Lyz Nardo at the Baddish Group for sending me a sampling of Zaya Rum along with some coupons for Driscoll’s fresh berries. The rum is a delightful selection of rums sourced and blended in Trinidad and Tobago in the Southern Caribbean. The rums in question have been aged a minimum of 12 years in used bourbon barrels before being blended together by the Master Blender. Once the blend is complete, the rum is bottled at 80 proof (40% abv) and shipped

Another view…

Fresh Berry Crème Anglaise

Fresh Berry Crème Anglaise…another view

Bon appetite!

©2010 CCR

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Tags: Desserts · French Cuisine · Recipes

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily @Cleanliness // Sep 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Ooooooooh my! This is AMAZING.

  • 2 May Ling Wu // Sep 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Good luck on PFB! Looking at this makes me want to go home and make it right away (and ruin my diet) – hey the berries are healthy right 🙂

  • 3 Cajun Chef Ryan // Sep 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Emily and May,
    Thank you so much, and yes the berries without the added sugar and sauce are very healthy indeed!

  • 4 Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog // Sep 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    The besttttttttt of the luck and the berries with crème anglaise is a delightful combination, really dangerous to want eating several of them 🙂



  • 5 Marisa // Sep 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful! Simple and classic. This is the perfect dessert, especially when you are really full but still want something sweet.

  • 6 Jason's BBQ Adventures // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Great and wonderful looking dish!

  • 7 Angie // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    This dish looks amazing! Good luck in the FB contest, I’m going to vote for ya ASAP!

  • 8 Cajun Chef Ryan // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Marisa, indeed, it is a great way to finish off a meal, yet not too terribly rich.

    Jason, thank you my BBQ man!

    Angie, thank you so much!

  • 9 claudia // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    fabulous dessert!

  • 10 Kristen // Sep 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I was certainly happy to share one of my votes with you. I fully expect to see you in the next round!

  • 11 Cajun Chef Ryan // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Kristen,
    I have no expectations what so ever about making it past the first level, and thank you so very much!

  • 12 5 Star Foodie // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    The berries are lovely, rum is a great addition! Voted for you!

  • 13 Magic of Spice-Alisha // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    That is a delightful dessert…And voting now 🙂 Good luck with the contest 🙂

  • 14 Susi // Sep 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    What a lovely dessert. This sounds so good, it’s making my mouth water, plus anything with rum has to be good ;o)
    My vote for you is in as well!

  • 15 Conor @ HoldtheBeef // Sep 21, 2010 at 2:01 am

    A perfectly simple recipe to showcase delicious berries, in a lovely adult way 😀

  • 16 Gitte // Sep 21, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful and elegant dessert. I love it 🙂

  • 17 kateiscooking // Sep 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

    One of my favorite desserts. Can’t wait to try your version. Looks absolutely incredible!

  • 18 Drick // Sep 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

    this is one sauce I have yet to make, but I will – thanks for sharing and the last pic is good enough to lick the screen…

  • 19 The Mom Chef // Sep 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Berries and cream; what’s not to love. Oh, and alcohol. Be still my heart. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Good luck in the challenge!

  • 20 jillyan // Sep 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    This is a beautiful and elegant dessert. Lovely photos as well Chef. BTW…I stopped by your PFB profile and dropped off a vote. Best of luck to you in the competition!

  • 21 penny aka jeroxie // Sep 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Good luck!

  • 22 pegasuslegend // Sep 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    If I could I would vote twice for you~ vote is in my friend!!!

  • 23 Priscilla - She's Cookin' // Sep 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Berries and rum,sSimple and delicious -what more could you ask for! Cast my vote! Good luck, Chef Ryan.