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This delicious Vanilla Pastry Cream or Creme Patisserie recipe is creamy, easy to prepare, and is the perfect filling for donuts, cakes, pastries, and more.

Vanilla Pastry Cream

This delicious Vanilla Pastry Cream or Creme Patisserie recipe is creamy, easy to prepare, and is the perfect filling for donuts, cakes, pastries, and more

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword creme patisserie, custard, vanilla cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 226 kcal
Author Tiffany bendayan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Sugar divided
  • 8 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
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Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until combined. Add in the cornstarch and half of the sugar. Whisk again until creamy

  2. In a large saucepan, bring the milk and the other half of the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat

  3. Carefully, temper the eggs, that means to bring up the temperature of the yolks without cooking. To do that, add a bit of the hot milk mixture into the yolks while whisking vigorously. Then slowly add the rest of the milk mixture. Do not stop whisking 

  4. Pour the whole mixture back into the pot and cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens

  5. Strain the pastry cream into a clean bowl and add the vanilla and butter. Stir until butter melts 

  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap touches the pastry cream directly (to avoid creating a film) 

  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until completely chilled. 

  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

-To make chocolate pastry cream, add a melted 4 oz bar of chocolate before chilling.

-Replace vanilla with other extracts or liquors, some are stronger that others so start with 1/2 teaspoon and keep adding until desired flavor is achieved

-Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee or expresso powder when heating the milk for a coffee taste. You can also infuse the milk with your favorite tea or spiceĀ 

- Add 1/3 cup of your favorite strained fruit puree before chilling to give it a fruity flavor

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Pastry Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.