Homemade Pastry Cream

Pastry cream is a basic resource in the baker’s kitchen. It is piped into many desserts, especially those made of puff pastry.

This pastry cream recipe is made with milk, eggs, cornstarch, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon stick. With this recipe you will learn easily how to make pastry cream step by step, a cream that’s also suitable for celiac and gluten intolerant people.

How Does Pastry Cream Thicken ?

Pastry cream is a creamy custard that relies on the starch and on the egg to get thickened. The secret to achieve the consistency is to properly thicken the custard while heating and stirring with a whisk.

Does Pastry Cream Thicken As It Cools ?

Remember that even after removing the cream from the heat, it will continue to thicken. Your mission is to achieve the ideal texture to the cream, so later it will be easy to pipe and spread and delicious to the palate.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it perfect pastry cream the first time, over time, you will get the hang of it. You know that cooking is all about passion and practice.

Now you are about to embark on a mission to prepare homemade pastry cream, a basic pastry cream recipe to use in many of your desserts.

The amount of ingredients in this recipe for pastry cream is adjusted for our puff pastry apple tart; however, it can also be piped into other desserts such as mille-feuille, torrijas or profiteroles.

How to Make Pastry Cream Step by Step

1. In a saucepan, add 250 ml of milk, a cinnamon stick and the lemon peel. It is important that the peel does not have too much white since it is bitter.

2. Put it over medium heat and remove it before it starts to boil. Now you have the infused milk. Set aside and let it rest.

3. In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg yolks and 3 tablespoons of sugar with a whisk.

4. When everything is well mixed, add a spoonful of cornstarch and continue beating until well blended.

5. Gradually add in the infused milk through a strainer. The lemon peel and cinnamon stick will have remained in the strainer.

6. Put the mixture over medium heat and stir with the whisk until thickens. Once you notice the mixture is thick and creamy, it means that you have the custard ready.

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Easy Pastry Cream Recipe

Pastry cream is a basic resource in the baker’s kitchen. It is a creamy custard piped into many desserts, especially those made of puff pastry.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Accompaniment, Desserts
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 1 unit
Calor. 395 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (maicena)
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, add 250 ml of milk, a cinnamon stick and the lemon peel.
  • Put it over medium heat and remove it before it starts to boil. Set aside and let it rest.
  • In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg yolks and 3 tablespoons of sugar with a whisk.
  • When everything is well mixed, add a spoonful of cornstarch and continue beating until well blended.
  • Gradually add in the infused milk through a strainer.
  • Put the mixture over medium heat and stir with the whisk until thickens. Once you notice the mixture is thick and creamy, it means that you have the custard ready.

Notes

When the cream cools, even after removing it from the heat, it will continue to thicken.
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Sobre Blanca

Sobre Blanca

Hi, I’m Blanca and I love desserts! By day I work as an Interior Architect and by night I’m a mother of two angels. In my spare time I make desserts and write about it on my blog.

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We are two dessert lovers and the way we met could not have been better, eating next to the stove. We strive everyday to make an inspirational blog to help you make delicious treats at your home.




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