French Pastry Cream
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 10mins
2 3/4 cups
- 2 1⁄4 cups milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 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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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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