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What is Coffee Anglaise?

Handcrafted coffees are slowly taking over cafe menus. People who enjoy sweet or caffeinated beverages prefer these complex coffees with toppings like whipped cream, flavored syrups, and sauces.

Some of them take more effort to make than others, but the result is always delicious. An example is Coffee anglaise made with creme anglaise sauce.

Anglaise sauce is a term meaning “English cream” that is used to refer to vanilla custard.

It’s a creamy, delicious sauce that’s usually drizzled on cakes, served chilled, or added to beverages such as hot chocolate or coffee.

Coffee anglaise is especially popular among coffee drinkers who enjoy crafting coffee beverages at home.

Here is some information on this fantastic coffee and tips on how to make it from scratch.

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What is Used to Make Coffee Anglaise?

The star of the coffee anglaise mixture is vanilla custard sauce, a British sauce also referred to as anglaise sauce. It’s a smooth, sweet, creamy custard.

Anglaise sauce is often used as a thick pastry cream or dessert sauce. Some people chill it in summer to make delicious ice cream.

Although most people make this dessert from a box, preparing it from scratch produces a better quality sauce. You can make it as creamy, as thick, or as sweet as you like.

The ingredients used to make anglaise sauce, such as egg yolk and cream, give it a richness that complements most desserts and coffees.

Anglaise sauce is not hard to make, and it often makes tart desserts, such as those with red currants, taste amazing. You can drizzle it over cakes, beignets, puddings, crumbles, and pies.

Beverages such as coffee that are slightly bitter also taste better with a spoon or two of anglaise sauce added to them. It sweetens them mildly and gives them a creamy texture. A perfect example is Coffee Anglaise.


How to Make Coffee Anglaise

The term coffee anglaise may sound foreign to you, but this coffee is made with one of the commonest yet delicious sauces, vanilla custard sauce.

Most of us are used to getting custard sauce off the packet, but this coffee is made using authentic handmade custard sauce.

You may be afraid to make coffee anglaise because some people complain that it curdles, but that is impossible if you follow the recipe instructions. It is especially important to control the temperature as you make it to create a perfect sauce.

There are several versions of anglaise coffee depending on the type of coffee you use to make it. Some examples are; cafe au lait creme anglaise coffee and espresso creme anglaise coffee.

Here is how to make cafe au lait creme anglaise coffee


11/2 cup strong brewed black coffee

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 egg yolks

2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Heat the coffee over medium heat until it boils, and simmer it over low heat until it reduces to ¼ cup. Set it aside.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl until they are well blended.
  3. Warm the milk and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Once the milk and cream mixture starts forming bubbles on the side, remove it from the heat.
  5. Fold the egg mixture into the milk and cream, whisking continuously until well combined.
  6. Put the sauce back on the fire and warm it slowly over low heat, ensuring the temperature does not exceed 80 degrees centigrade to avoid curdling.
  7. Stir the anglaise sauce slowly, reaching to the corners of the saucepan until it thickens.
  8. Remove the anglaise sauce from the stove once it coats the back of the wooden spoon without running.
  9. Strain the anglaise sauce into a clean dish, add vanilla and the reduced coffee and stir to blend them together.
  10. Serve the cafe au lait creme anglaise coffee warm in a dessert coffee glass. You may also chill it and serve it with some berries on the side.



Coffee anglaise is the perfect coffee to have any time you need a creamy, delicious beverage. It is easy to make. The anglaise sauce used to make it can also be used on other things besides coffee.

Remember to cool any remaining coffee anglaise in cling film-wrapped ramekin dishes to keep it fresh. You can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.



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