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    French Pastry Cream

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    2 hrs 10 mins

    2 hrs

    10 mins

    Gingerbee's Note:

    Pastry cream is a light, rich custard filling for any cake, fruit tart, puff or dessert crepe. Lovely poured over fresh fruit cup. Quick and easy to make.

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    1. 1
      In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups milk to boiling.
    2. 2
      While milk is heating, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining 1/4 cup milk.
    3. 3
      Whisk in cornstarch and flour until smooth.
    4. 4
      Temper the egg mixture by slowly whisking in about 1/3 of the heated milk, then whisking in the remaining milk.
    5. 5
      Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and boils.
    6. 6
      Whisk constantly.
    7. 7
      Reduce heat to low and cook for another 2 minutes.
    8. 8
      Remove from heat and stir in vanilla or other flavorings.
    9. 9
      Pour into a bowl, press plastic wrap on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and cool to room temperature before chilling for at least 2 hours.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 02, 2011


      This is a perfect PASTRY cream! Wonderful for creme puffs or eclairs and such. This is NOT a pudding consistancy. It is made for piping. Absolutely perfect and now my go to recipe! THANKS Gingerbee

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    • on June 08, 2010


      This is delicious! My new go-to pastry cream! I'm making a tart and I might leave out the flour next time I do that again, but it's perfect as is for éclairs, etc. Absolutely fantastic.

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    • on November 20, 2009


      This is an excellent recipe, and easily the best custard I have ever made. I have never had it come out wrong. Keep in mind this is a recipe for PASTRY cream. It ends up stiff enough to be piped into pastry. I have used this in trifle and it was lovely for that. One of my favorites. Thanks Gingerbee!

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    Nutritional Facts for French Pastry Cream

    Serving Size: 1 (822 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 490.4
    Calories from Fat 125
    Total Fat 13.9 g
    Saturated Fat 6.9 g
    Cholesterol 296.2 mg
    Sodium 111.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 78.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 49.1 g
    Protein 11.6 g

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