French Pastry Cream

"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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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins
2 3/4 cups




  • In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups milk to boiling.
  • While milk is heating, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining 1/4 cup milk.
  • Whisk in cornstarch and flour until smooth.
  • Temper the egg mixture by slowly whisking in about 1/3 of the heated milk, then whisking in the remaining milk.
  • Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and boils.
  • Whisk constantly.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla or other flavorings.
  • 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.

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  1. itismedia
    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
  2. ChefChanteuse
    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.
  3. mrthing
    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!
  4. Spgty21
    This was good and easy. I only cut down about half of the cornstarch and added a tablespoon or so of milk and it came out to the right consistency. I plan to add whipped topping to lighten it up a bit. Thanks!
  5. Jill Johnston
    It's a bit thinker than I wanted but adding more milk solved the problem. I'll try leaving out the flour next time


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