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Pastry Cream



5 min


15 min


3 cups

Pastry Cream is an essential part of pastry making.  You will be whipping up this pastry basic in a few quick steps.




  • 500ml milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 25g plain flour
  • 25g cornflour
  • 1 tsp caster sugar, for dusting


Step 1

Sprinkle 2 tbs of sugar over the base of a large, heavy bottomed saucepan – this will melt and coat the bottom of the pan to help prevent the milk burning.

Step 2

Add milk, vanilla bean and seeds –  bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove vanilla bean.

Step 3

Mix together the egg yolks and sugar until creamy. Add flour and cornflour and whisk until combined. It is important to whisk until all graininess is removed.

Step 4

Pour ⅓ of the milk and vanilla mixture into the egg, sugar and flour mixture and whisk until well combined. Pour back into the remaining milk, return to the heat and simmer for 30 seconds, whisking continuously. Do not boil!

Step 5

Transfer to a bowl or container, cover with plastic wrap directly touching the surface (to prevent a skin from forming) and cool down on ice as soon as possible to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed


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    This is the best recipe

    1 year ago

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