Pastry Cream - or Creme Patissiere

Pastry Cream - or Creme Patissiere

Wow, this creation is unbelievable! It’s easy to make, you likely already have all the ingredients you need and it doesn’t take long but tastes unbelievable!

This wasn’t even on my list of recipes to post in the near future (although I’m not sure why, this cream is amazing,) but I had to after a visit from my friend Alana. We’ve known each other for a while, so when she walked through my front door and handed me a box of something, there was a long long silence. She handed me a box of frozen mini-tart shells.

Anyone and everyone who knows me, knows that all my pastries get made by hand! But she said “trust me.” She explained that many of my readers would love to enjoy decadent desserts, but don’t necessarily want to get their house and themselves covered in flour, and that included her. I was convinced! Why not share this dessert idea, that could be loved by everyone – those who will make the pastry from scratch and those who won’t!


NOTE: this will work with 12 mini tart shells. Alternatively, you can make a large tart shell from scratch (recipe for the shell could be found here.) Make sure your baked shells are fully cool before you fill them with your pastry cream (after it sat in the fridge for at least 2 hours.) Top with fruit of choice and brush with apple jelly, slightly heated up so it spreads better.

Yields12 Servings

 2 cups whole milk
  cup flour
 ½ cup sugar
 pinch of salt
 6 egg yolks
 1 tsp vanilla
 2 tbsp butter, cold

1

Warm the milk in a sauce pan until steaming. It shouldn't boil.

2

In a bowl, whisk together sugar, flour and salt. Then add the egg yolks and whisk them into thick paste. Make sure the ingredients are well combined.

3

Carefully ladle hot milk a bit a time into the egg mixture whisking constantly. It's important to add the milk slowly while whisking non-stop, otherwise your eggs will scramble; gradual heat tempering is key. Switch back between adding some more milk and whisking the custard.

4

Pour everything back into the saucepan you used to heat the milk in and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, being careful to scrape the bottom and the corners of the pan. When large bubbles start to appear and the custard has thickened into thick pudding-like consistency, reduce the heat to low simmer for a minute or so, then remove the pan from heat.

5

Strain the pastry cream into a bowl in a fine mesh sieve. Add butter and stir aggressively until melted and combined. Add vanilla and stir it in.

6

Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap directly against its surface, this is to prevent a skin from forming on top. Chill for at least a couple of hour and up to a couple of days.

7

Before using, whisk aggressively (or even beat with a mixer) into smooth luscious custard and proceed with filling your pastries of choice.

Ingredients

 2 cups whole milk
  cup flour
 ½ cup sugar
 pinch of salt
 6 egg yolks
 1 tsp vanilla
 2 tbsp butter, cold

Directions

1

Warm the milk in a sauce pan until steaming. It shouldn't boil.

2

In a bowl, whisk together sugar, flour and salt. Then add the egg yolks and whisk them into thick paste. Make sure the ingredients are well combined.

3

Carefully ladle hot milk a bit a time into the egg mixture whisking constantly. It's important to add the milk slowly while whisking non-stop, otherwise your eggs will scramble; gradual heat tempering is key. Switch back between adding some more milk and whisking the custard.

4

Pour everything back into the saucepan you used to heat the milk in and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, being careful to scrape the bottom and the corners of the pan. When large bubbles start to appear and the custard has thickened into thick pudding-like consistency, reduce the heat to low simmer for a minute or so, then remove the pan from heat.

5

Strain the pastry cream into a bowl in a fine mesh sieve. Add butter and stir aggressively until melted and combined. Add vanilla and stir it in.

6

Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap directly against its surface, this is to prevent a skin from forming on top. Chill for at least a couple of hour and up to a couple of days.

7

Before using, whisk aggressively (or even beat with a mixer) into smooth luscious custard and proceed with filling your pastries of choice.

Pastry Cream

Make it Gluten-Free: replace flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch. If using corn starch, place your pan over medium-low heat and continue to whisk until the mixture just begins to thicken but don’t go much longer and remove as soon as it gets thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Be sure to use inside Gluten-Free pastries.

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