Vanilla sauce recipe

Posted: January 16, 2019 Last modified: May 31, 2024
Vanilla sauce recipe

Vanilla sauce is incredibly delicious with desserts. Serve warm vanilla sauce with apple strudel, apple crumble, brownies or, of course, a delicious bread pudding.

Homemade vanilla sauce

Vanilla sauce, never before had I thought about making it myself. That is, until last week, when I had another recipe on my to-do list that included this sauce. Since vanilla sauce is not difficult to make, I decided to make it quickly. The result was a fantastically delicious creamy sauce and the big question was why I had never done it before.

Vanilla sauce for bread pudding

The recipe I made to go with this vanilla sauce was for little apple strudels. A perfect combination.

What this sauce is even more perfect for: bread pudding. I love making my own bread pudding and a dash of vanilla sauce is the perfect combination to make your homemade bread pudding a real treat.

Looking for a good bread pudding recipe? Try this sourdough bread pudding from my friend Simone!

homemade Vanilla sauce recipe

What is vanilla sauce made of?

You only need 4 ingredients to make this vanilla dessert sauce recipe. You can find several recipes for custard sauce, but I like this one best.

  • Whipping cream: I love the rich, creamy flavor that whipping cream adds to a dessert sauce.
  • Sugar: Provides the perfect sweet taste to the homemade sauce.
  • Egg Yolks: Egg yolks thicken the sauce and give it the perfect thickness. They also provide a rich flavor.
  • Vanilla bean: This is the most important ingredient of all: vanilla! The vanilla bean gives the famous distinct flavor that a vanilla sauce should have.
Vanilla custard sauce

Tips for vanilla dessert sauce

Can I substitute whipped cream?

It depends on the reason. I prefer to use whipped cream for vanilla sauce because it makes the tastiest, creamiest sauce. You could also use a combination of cream and milk (1:1 ratio) instead of whipped cream, but that’s a little less flavorful, if you ask me.

If you want to replace the whipping cream with a lactose-free alternative, I would choose a lactose-free whipping cream.

What can you do with the egg whites?

You can use the egg whites to make different kinds of meringue. I always love pavlova. It is especially delicious with the vanilla sauce!

Can I substitute the vanilla bean?

You can, but you won’t get those nice black specks in your sauce (from the seeds). One vanilla pod can be replaced with

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla paste

If using vanilla sugar, subtract the sugar from the recipe.

Vanilla dessert sauce


Vanilla sauce recipe

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Vanilla sauce recipe (for bread pudding)

Vanilla sauce is incredibly delicious with desserts. This creamy vanilla sauce is perfect with bread pudding, apple crumble, ice cream and more.
Servings: 1 small pitcher


  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 50 grams of fine granulated sugar
  • 0,5-1 vanilla bean



  • Pour the whipping cream into a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Halve the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and stir into the egg mixture.
  • When the cream comes to a boil, pour it into the egg mixture in a thin stream, stirring well. Be careful not to overcook the egg yolks.
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and add the vanilla pod. Do not bring the mixture to a boil, but continue to stir until the mixture is sufficiently thickened.
  • Keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. I did a simple trick to see if it was ready: Dip the spatula into the sauce, hold it horizontally, and draw a line across the spatula with your finger. If the sauce doesn't run back to where you drew the line, it's good. Simply remove the vanilla pod from the sauce.

While cooling, cover with foil to prevent it from forming a skin.
How to store

Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. You can also reheat it in a saucepan if you want to serve it hot.

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