Sunday, 13 January 2008

Cream of the Pastry

Pastry cream or crème pâtissière in French is a rich, thick egg custard that is cooked on the stovetop. It is made with a combination of milk or cream, egg yolks, sugar. Plain flour or corn flour is used to thicken the texture. Other than the traditional vanilla flavouring, it could also be flavoured with chocolate, coffee, liqueurs, lemon or fruit purées.

Pastry cream is used as filling or stuffing for many French desserts like cream puffs, éclairs and napoleons. Also used to fill tarts, buns, Boston cream pie, some Italian and various other pastries.

Pastry Cream

What do we need:

1 cup milk
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp plain flour
1 pinch salt

1 tbsp unsalted butter

How do we do it:

Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds out. Add the scraped vanilla pod and the seeds into the milk. Bring the milk to a boil and remove from heat.

Beat the egg yolks, sugar, salt and flour together. While whisking constantly, pour in half of the hot milk in a slow steady stream into the egg mixture. This is to prevent the eggs from curdling. Add the egg mixture to the remaining hot milk. Cook over low medium heat while whisking constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Reduce the heat to low and whisk for 2 another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter. If using vanilla extract, also stir in.

Cover with cling film and press down so that it touches the surface of the cream. This is to prevent a skin from forming. Cool to room temperature before storing the pastry cream in the refrigerator.

Whisk the cream until smooth when using.





40 comments:

Asha said...

We call it Pudding here! Looks delicious, bet it makes a great filling for pies too, Banana Cream pie!:)
Happy holidays.

Little Corner of Mine said...

This looks lovely and easy. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Pooja said...

that looks yummy ! is it possible to use egg substitute instead of egg ?
thanks in advance.
-Pooja

Mandira said...

that looks creamy and delicious. Just what I want on this snowy day :)

Nirmala said...

So yummy! Totally has my mouth watering.

jadepearl said...

It looks yummylicious! I am sure its fantastic and goes well with all sorts of pastries!

Dhivya said...

looks yummy

Retno Prihadana said...

looks creamy, I bet its really good

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Linda said...

Hi Pushpa, I've heard of pastry cream but never seen it, or a recipe. Hope to see more from you this year :)

AK said...

Been reading yr blog..well done with all details of the ingredients. Very informative..

adelyn said...

oooh i miss french cream. thanks for the recipe. now maybe i can go make some to bring back old memories of paris.

Revathi said...

Hi Pushpa

Just saw the pics of ur kids.. such darlings. Enjoy momhood !!

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Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hi Pushpa

I have missed out on a lot of your posts..Just caught up with work and family...
The cream of the pastry is very useful for me..Thanks for sharing!!

Puspha said...

Thank u very much for all the comments.

SPICE OF LIFE said...

lovely blog u have got here ...this recipe seems doable . You have great baking recipes ...

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joyeeta said...

Terrific find...
I have found so many wonderful mouthwatering sites in two days that it has left me spell bound!

Thanks to you and Aayisrecipes.com for doing a gr8 job in the most efficient, funloving yet simple manner!

Sri said...

I love your blog! The photography is excellent and you not only give recipes but educate about the food too. Awesome! Definately under my faves.

A&N said...

Rich, creamy and delicious! What else can i say :)

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Redirected from priya's pages..... great looking page and wonderful recipes

Mansi Desai said...

lovely pudding! looks delicious:)

thumbbook said...

That's some delicious pudding you have there! If you have time will you drop by at Foodista ? We are building an online food and cooking encyclopedia ala wikipedia and i hope you can build your profile there share your recipes with us as well.

Kay said...

Merry christmas, Pushpa!

SriLekha said...

looks delicious!
first time to ur blog and it is too good!
do visit my blog when u find time and join in the savory event going in my blog!
Wish u a very happy new year!

jadepearl said...

Happy New Year 2009! May the year of the Cow brings you more joy, happiness, good health, luck and prosperity!

Vij said...

Hi ya
This is my first time here. You have a lovely space.
Lovely pudding. Looks absolutely delightful.

Katy said...

Hmmm...I have been thinking of making profiteroles and this would make the perfect filling, I think. Thanks for a great and timely post!!

Dave Jones said...

Wow! sounds delicious...yummy.

Puspha said...

Thank u soooo much everyone. Been a long long time since replied. I'll resume blogging very soon.

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