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Creme patissiere

5 Minute Creme Patissiere

The name can be intimidating however Creme patissiere (also called Pastry cream) is a friendly cream, not harder to make than our regular custard which is exactly how I would describe it.

There are several ways of making this delicious cream, there is the long and complicated way of Thomas Keller as brought on cookincity blog in detail, this way has 3 main steps and involves using a stand mixer, ice bath, strainer, liquid butter…puffff.

From my experience, most of us don’t need to put so much effort in pastry cream, the difference is minor between the Creme patissiere I’ll show you below and the Thomas Keller method, the results will not be noticeable for most of us.

5-minute Creme patissiere is just in the right consistency for every cake filling, pastry filling, you will need and it taste is divine just as a 40-minute pastry cream will taste.

So, don’t bother yourselves with the long and complicated pastry cream although I would certainly recommend to make it once to experiment with the haut pastry world cuisine.


Creme patissiere


400g/ 14oz. Milk

100g/ 3oz. granulated sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1 Vanilla Pod

100g/ 3 oz. milk

40g/ 11/2 oz. cornflour

4 medium egg yolks



In a medium saucepan, mix 400g/14 oz. milk with the sugar and vanilla and bring to a gentle simmer, meanwhile in a separate bowl add the 100g/3oz. milk, the cornflour and the egg yolks and stir until incorporated.


Remove the milk from the heat and gently pour 1/2 of it into the egg yolk bowl while whisking constantly.
When the mixture is smooth add the remaining milk, whisk gently and return the mixture to the saucepan.
Reduce heat to medium and continue whisking the mixture until the custard forms a few bobbles on its surface.


Remove from heat, pour the custard into a container and place a plastic wrap on the its surface to avoid the custard getting aftertaste and different texture.
Place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hrs., preferably overnight.
The Pastry cream can stay in the fridge for up to 4 days.


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