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French Pastry Cream

Updated February 23, 2016
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The essence of vanilla will fill your home with sweet smells.  This is a staple in a pastry kitchen.

Whole (homogenized) milk is essential for this recipe.  Lower-fat milk will not give the desired smooth, velvety texture and is likely to curdle.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturecreamy, sweet

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp whole milk, divided (450 mL)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (250 mL)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (25 mL)
  • 5 eggs

Instructions

In a heavy saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) of the milk and vanilla to a boil over medium heat.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together remaining milk and eggs. Gradually pour into sugar mixture, whisking until blended. Gradually pour egg mixture into saucepan, whisking until blended. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover surface directly with plastic wrap and let cool completely.

To store: Pour hot pastry cream onto a rimmed baking sheet (to cool faster), place pastil wrap directly on the surface and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

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