Pastry Cream

Wanting to make a custard filling for my cream puffs I decided to use a pastry cream.

While custard may refer to a wide variety of thickened dishes, technically (and in French cookery) the word custard (crème or more precisely crème moulée, [kʁɛm mule]) refers only to an egg-thickened custard.

When starch is added, the result is called pastry cream (French: crème pâtissière, pronounced: [kʁɛm patisjɛːʁ]) or confectioners’ custard, made with a combination of milk or cream, egg yolks, fine sugar, flour or some other starch, and usually a flavoring such as vanilla, chocolate, or lemon.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

Step 1: In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and vanilla just to boiling (just until milk starts to foam up) over medium heat.

Step 2: In medium bowl, mix together the sugar and egg yolks

Step 3: Sift in the salt, flour, and cornstarch

Step 4: Mix until a smooth paste forms

Step 5: Remove milk from heat

Step 6: Slowly add milk to egg mixture, while whisking constantly

Step 7: Pour mixture through a sieve over a medium saucepan

Step 8: Cook over medium heat until boiling, while whisking constantly

Step 9: When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30-60 seconds until it becomes thick

Step 10: Remove from heat

Step 11: Pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap

Step 12: Cool to room temperature

Step 13: Once pastry cream is cooled down, fold in whipped cream


  1. If not using right away refrigerate until needed
  2. Whisk or stir before using to get rid of any lumps

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