How to Make Perfect Pastry Cream | The Stay At Home Chef
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Perfect Pastry Cream is easy to make at home and is used in the most delicious pastries, cakes, and other desserts. You’ll love this recipe for perfect French Creme Patissiere every single time.
What can you do with pastry cream?
Pastry cream can be used in a variety of ways. It can be eaten plain like a pudding, but it is commonly used to fill eclairs, cream puffs, pastries, donuts, and tarts. It’s also commonly found as a cake filling, particularly in Boston Cream Pie. The possibilities are endless really. You can also change the texture of pastry cream for different uses by making it into diplomat cream or mousseline cream.
How long can you keep pastry cream in the fridge?
Pasty cream can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Use the freshest milk you can for extended life. Milk that is near its expiration date may not produce a pastry cream that can last for 7 days.
2 cups whole milk
¼ cup + ⅓ cup granulated sugar (divided)
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a large sauce pan, stir together milk and ¼ cup sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolks, cornstarch, and ⅓ cup sugar.
2. Once the milk has reached a simmer, work quickly and carefully pour half of the hot milk in a steady stream into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to avoid curdling or cooking the eggs. Immediately pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan, whisking constantly. Return to a medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture thickens.
3. Remove from heat once thickened and stir in butter and vanilla until melted. Pour into a clean mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap, letting the plastic wrap touch the top of the pastry cream to avoid the creation of any film on top.
4. Cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before using.
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