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vanilla sauce bread pudding sauce in a bowl
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Easy Vanilla Sauce Recipe | Bread Pudding Sauce

This is a luscious, silky, smooth vanilla sauce that’s so versatile and easy to make. Makes an amazing bread pudding sauce! Pair this with any dessert!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 4
Calories: 146.28kcal



  • Add the milk and half and half to a pot and bring to a slight simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl. Slowly ladle all the warm milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking quickly. Adding it too quickly will cook the egg yolks and cause the sauce to curdle.
  • Return to the mixture to the pot and heat over medium low until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. About 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat, add the vanilla once it cools.
  • Strain the sauce if desired. Serve warm or chill in the refrigerator.


  • Makes a little over 1 cup of vanilla sauce.
  • To reheat, add the vanilla sauce to a small pot and reheat it on the stove top over very low heat, while constantly stirring. Remove it from the heat once it's warmed through.
  • Overheating this can cause the sauce to curdle so keep stirring and watch it closely. 


Calories: 146.28kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.13g | Protein: 4.58g | Fat: 8.28g | Saturated Fat: 3.98g | Cholesterol: 197.12mg | Sodium: 33.63mg | Potassium: 102.11mg | Sugar: 11.41g | Vitamin A: 410.04IU | Vitamin C: 0.27mg | Calcium: 90.57mg | Iron: 0.47mg