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    Pastry Cream

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    20 mins

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    10 mins

    P4's Note:

    Pastry cream is a basic preparation for many desserts. Tart bases, eclair fillings, cake fillings - the list goes on and on. There are many different formulas, but this one is my favorite because it's consistent and I love the brown sugar flavor. If you add about 3 oz. of metlted chocolate to this you will have chocolate pastry cream.

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    1. 1
      Place the yolks, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk until blended.
    2. 2
      Stir in the cornstarch.
    3. 3
      Heat the milk and vanilla bean (if using) to scalding in a heavy saucepan.
    4. 4
      SLOWLY whisk the milk into the eggs, whisking the eggs constantly.
    5. 5
      This is called"tempering".
    6. 6
      Start out with just a thin stream of milk, constantly whisking, then as the eggs warm up you can add the milk faster.
    7. 7
      You need to do this slowly at first to avoid scrambling the yolks.
    8. 8
      If you do that, you have to start over.
    9. 9
      Remove the vanilla bean and pour the yolk mixture back into the pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens- about 3-5 minutes.
    10. 10
      Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cream and the vanilla extract (if using).
    11. 11
      Pass the cream through a fine mesh strainer (very important to do!!!), then place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
    12. 12
      Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill.
    13. 13
      Will keep several days in the refrigerator.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pastry Cream

    Serving Size: 1 (940 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 505.1
    Calories from Fat 233
    Total Fat 25.9 g
    Saturated Fat 12.6 g
    Cholesterol 606.9 mg
    Sodium 177.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 54.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 46.2 g
    Protein 14.1 g

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    vanilla beans

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