Vegan Pastry Cream

"Use as a filling for pies, tarts, pastries, or phyllo dough, or as a topping for desserts."
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Ready In:
2 cups




  • In a small bowl, place the flour and whisk in 1/2 cups soy milk, and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, place the remaining soy milk, sugar, and salt, and whisk to combine Add the flour mixture to the liquid ingredients and whisk well to combine.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, while whisking constantly, for 5-6 minutes or until thickened Add the remaining ingredients, whisk well to combine, and cook the mixture an additional 1 minute Remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer the mixture to a glass bowl.
  • Place a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap directly on top of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming on the top Place the pastry cream in the refrigerator for several hours to cool completely.

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  1. kokeshi doll
    Seebee, if you're going to post someone else's recipe, please give them credit and tell where it comes from. This vegan pastry cream recipe belongs to The Vegan Chef, Beverly Lynn Bennett. Thanks.
  2. White Rose Child
    Followed instructions exactly and it came out lovely. Very thick and smooth. I was leery when I realised how lemony this was, making it to go with recipe#168216. But it was an awesome match! This would be great with just about anything (my mom's dreaming of blueberry muffins already). Thanks, Seebee and Chef Bennet!
  3. Elodie
    Very good, very tasty, very easy to make, i bake my pastry cream on the microwave, like i do for regular french pastry cream. We tasted it tonight, for desert, with some cookies, and it was very good. Thank you and Beverly lynn Bennett ! I used almond milk.
  4. Linorama
    What a nice alternative to dairy pastry cream! I used this as a filling for napoleons and thought it was great. Things I did differently were: I combined the flour, sugar & salt in the pan and then whisked in the soymilk, rather than separately mixing the flour & some milk. I didn't add the lemon juice or vanilla until after I removed it from the heat. I used about 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla and then added about 3 T. margarine (Smart Balance) just to increase its creaminess. While it was hot I thought it looked a little glue-y but when it cooled the texture was perfect, and the taste was light and fresh without an overabundance of lemon flavor. Very nice! This is a keeper.


I'm an "ovo-vegan" and while some may find that restrictive, believe me, I don't miss out on yummy food! I often would rather stay home and whip up something from whatever I have on hand than go out to restaurants. I'm a student at a community college (although I may return to Columbia next year...I know, big difference!). I'm taking an environmental science course right now, which has seriously effected the way I view our world. Eating organically grown foods has suddenly become a priority for me! If you want to do your part for our world, remember this: have NO MORE THAN TWO CHILDREN. I know, your first thought in response to that is "But ME in (America or other economically sound, technologically advanced, and highly educated country) in my station in society having kids isn't the problem. MY children would (educated, spiritual, kind-hearted, beautiful...fill in your adjective here) and would be part of the solution to the problems!" Well, yes, but it's really not fair to your anyone, that child included. Every person you bring into the world will require an American/Western lifestyle, meaning drive cars, live in a comfortable home, require a job, use water...all of which taxes our earth's resources to a ridiculous extent. (A whole lot more so than developing nations, who have their own set of woes--mainly living the way they are because someone else is restricting them to benefit people like us) People, we're growing in numbers so fast and demanding more and more of our world, we're going to crash. If not in the lifetime of your children or grandchildren, then in the generation after that. Is that fair to that/those children you have, ahem, more than two? With everyone having two kids only, at least we'll level off our population. Sigh. Okay, so do the right thing, avoid mass-agriculture if you can while you cook, and enjoy our priveledged life without being selfish. :-)
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