Tested Baking & Dessert Recipes & Videos

breakfast & brunch bars & squares cupcake recipes shortbread recipes comfort foods youtube channel
about us
substitutions
ingredients
glossary
conversions
weight vs volume
thanksgiving baking
christmas cookies
christmas baking
christmas candy
apple recipes
pumpkin recipes
cranberry recipes
chocolate recipes
biscotti recipes
candy recipes
healthy baking
pudding recipes
quick breads
english tea party
blueberry recipes
lemon recipes
strawberry recipes
trifle recipes
ice cream recipes
halloween baking
valentine's baking
easter baking
baking history
bibliography

 

Join Our New  Recipes & Videos Email List

Pastry Cream Recipe & Video

Printer Friendly Page

Pin It

Pastry cream, also called Creme Patissiere, is a rich, thick and creamy custard made from a mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, flour and cornstarch (corn flour). Vanilla, liqueurs, chocolate, coffee and fruit purees are some complementary flavorings that can be added to the cream. If a lighter pastry cream is desired, a little whipped cream can be folded into the pastry cream once it has thickened and cooled.  

Pastry cream is classified as a filling. It has a smooth and creamy texture that is a staple in pastry kitchens. It is used to fill all sorts of cakes, tarts, cream puffs, eclairs, Napoleons, and other pastries. A pastry cream is similar to a custard in that it is cooked on the stove and must be stirred constantly to ensure that it does not curdle, resulting in small pieces of cooked egg in the cream. Once made, it is best to immediately cover the surface of the cream with plastic wrap as this will prevent a skin from forming on the top of the cream. If not using right away refrigerate until needed, up to 3 days. Before using, bring to room temperature and stir or whisk to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.

Vanilla seems to be the most popular flavoring for Pastry Cream. Traditionally a vanilla bean is added to the milk and once heated, the vanilla seeds are removed from the pod and added to the hot milk. Not one to waste, I then like to wash and dry the vanilla pod and add it to my canister of white sugar. Open the sugar canister after a few days and the room will fill with the lovely sweet scent of vanilla. Use the vanilla scented sugar in your baking or I even like it in my hot chocolate or to sweeten a bowl of fresh fruit. Vanilla beans are usually packaged in small plastic cylinders and are sold in specialty grocery stores and health food stores. Buy vanilla beans that are shiny and black, tender, plump and moist, preferably with the white powder of vanillin on them. Never buy hard, dry and shriveled beans because they are past their prime. I know that vanilla pods can be expensive and also hard to find, so either pure vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean paste can be used instead. Try to use "pure" vanilla extract, not the imitation vanilla extracts which are made with synthetic vanilla (from glycoside found in the sapwood of certain conifers or from coal extracts) and leave a bitter after taste. Products labeled Vanilla Flavoring are a combination of pure vanilla extract and imitation vanilla extract. There is also a relatively new product called Vanilla Bean Paste that combines tiny vanilla seeds with pure vanilla extract. I love this product as you get the convenience of vanilla extract yet with all those lovely tiny black vanilla seeds from a vanilla pod. Plus it is much cheaper than vanilla pods. Nielsen-Massey makes Vanilla Bean Paste and it can be found in specialty food stores or on-line.

Related Recipes You May Like

Fruit Tart

Boston Cream Pie

Sweet Pastry Crust

Cream Puffss

 Cherry Tart

Peach Tart

Pastry Cream: In a medium-sized heatproof bowl, mix the sugar and egg yolks together. (Do let the mixture sit too long or you will get pieces of egg forming.) Sift the flour and cornstarch (corn flour) together and then add to the egg mixture, mixing until you get a smooth paste.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring the milk and vanilla bean just to boiling (just until milk starts to foam up.) Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. (If you get a few pieces of egg (curdling) in the mixture, pour through a strainer.) Remove vanilla bean, scrape out seeds, and add the seeds to the egg mixture. (The vanilla bean can be washed and dried and placed in your sugar bowl to give the sugar a vanilla flavor.) Then pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 - 60 seconds until it becomes thick. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the liqueur (if using). (Stir in vanilla extract if using instead of a vanilla bean.) Pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Cool to room temperature. If not using right away refrigerate until needed, up to 3 days. Whisk or stir before using to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.

Makes about 1 cup (240 ml). Preparation time 20 minutes.

View comments on this recipe on YouTube

Resource:

Le Cordon Bleu, London.

Pastry Cream Recipe:

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk (whole or 2%)

1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

2 tablespoons (20 grams) all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons (20 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)

1/2 tablespoon liqueur (Grand Marnier, Brandy, Kirsch) (optional)

For lighter pastry cream fold in 1/2 cup (120 ml) softly whipped cream to cooled pastry cream.

For Chocolate pastry cream add 2 ounces (60 grams) of finely grated bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate to the hot pastry cream. Stir until melted.

For Coffee pastry cream add 1/2 - 1 tablespoon instant espresso or coffee powder to the hot milk.

For Raspberry pastry cream add 1/4 cup (60 ml) (or to taste) raspberry sauce to pastry cream.

 
 
     
 

 

 

Stephanie's Mixer

New Videos

   
 

     

Top 40 Video Recipes of 2013

1. Red Velvet Cake

2. Red Velvet Cupcakes

3. Vanilla Cake

4. Cake Pops

5. Vanilla Cupcakes

6. Peanut Butter Balls

7. New York Cheesecake

8. American Sponge Cake

9. Brownies

10.Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

11.Royal Icing

12. Shortbread Cookies

13. Pound Cake 14. Chocolate Cupcakes 15. French Macarons
16. Cinnamon Rolls 17. Carrot Cake 18. Chocolate Chip Cookies 19. Pancakes 20. Oatmeal Cookies
21. Orange Chiffon Cake 22. Whipped Cream Frosting 23. Biscuits 24. Apple Pie 25. M&M Cookies
26. Fruit Tart 27. Cake Doughnuts 28. Sugar Cookies 29. Cream Puffs 30. Homemade Doughnuts 
31. Chocolate Cake 32. Pavlova 33. No Bake Cheesecake 34. Molten Chocolate Cakes 35. Meringue Cookies
36. Chocolate Chiffon Cake 37. Chocolate Banana Cake 38. Lemon Curd 39. Cheesecakes (Individual) 40. Ganache
   
 
   
 

Contact Us   Privacy Policy Joyofbaking On Twitter Stephanie Jaworski+Find us on Google+

Use of materials on all pages on the domains Joyofbaking.com, joyofbaking.mobi, the Joyofbaking.com Facebook Page, @joyofbaking on Twitter, the Joyofbaking.com RSS Feed, the Joyofbaking.com email list the Joyofbaking1 YouTube Channel and any emails sent from @joyofbaking.com are entirely at the risk of the user and their owner, iFood Media LLC will not be responsible for any damages directly or indirectly resulting from the use.

References cited may include a link to purchase the referenced book on Amazon.com. Joyofbaking.com receives a commission on any purchases resulting from these links.

This website and the contents are not endorsed or sponsored by the owner of the "Joy of Cooking" series of books or its publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc. and is not related to the  "Joy the Baker" books and website. Video icons by Asher.

Content in any form may not be copied or used without written permission of Stephanie Jaworski, Joyofbaking.com.  Students and non profit educators may use content without permission with proper credit. 

A baking resource on the Internet since 1997

Copyright  1997 to 2014 iFood Media LLC