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Simple "Any Kind of Dessert" Pastry Cream

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Pastry cream is a staple in many desserts. I know I use and make it a lot. This pastry cream isn't as sweet which is great to balance out some other desserts. This pastry cream (along with another variation) was used in Delicious Phyllo Dough Squares and Pumpkin Pie Eclairs. This cream's main ingredient is eggs instead of sugar so it is much healthier. Simple "Any Kind of Dessert" Pastry Cream is great for all dessert and easy to make too.


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Step 1: Ingredients

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To make this yummy pastry cream, you'll need:
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
Some equipment you need:
  • a saucepan
  • a wooden spoon
  • some mixing bowls

Step 2: Adding the Ingredients

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Combine the cup of  milk with half the sugar (1/8 cup) in a saucepan. Bring this mixture to a boil. Stir constantly to keep the bottom from burning.

Step 3: Mixing the Other Ingredients

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In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the sugar, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and the 2 eggs. Be sure to check that the mixture is smooth and there are no cornstarch pieces.

Step 4: Boiling

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Slowly add the egg mixture into the saucepan while stirring. Bring this mixture to a full boil until the mixture starts coming together. Quickly remove it from the heat.

Step 5: Add Some Flavoring

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Add the vanilla or any other flavoring you want to use. This is also the time where you add the butter. Stir until the butter is melted and your finished with the pastry cream!

Step 6: Finish!

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You can add other flavorings to the cream. In Pumpkin Pie Eclairs, I added some pumpkin pie filling to the cream to add a little fall flavor. Here are some other options (if you noticed, yes these are some of the same flavorings I used in my frosting recipe):

Chocolate Cream:

1 1/2 Teaspoon of cocoa powder to be added with the egg mixture in step 3

Coffee Cake Frosting:

A Sprinkle of Cinnamon
3/4 Teaspoon or less Vanilla Extract
Enough instant coffee to make the vanilla have the consistency of syrup

Mango Frosting:

1/4 of a ripe mango crushed to a pulp

For almost all fruits substitute mango for the chosen fruit

Lemon Frosting:

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to be added in step 3
Lemon rind

Cranberry

1 Tablespoon of cranberry jam/jelly

Be creative!

Simple "Any Kind of Dessert" Pastry Cream is great for all occasions, for all desserts. It's sure to please anyone and it is versatile to fit any cravings. Make some next time :)

i love the simple instructions. I love baking and making deserts and am going to make this and fill puff pastry cases, then top with some icing sugar....I can taste it already yum

SageMinto4 years ago
I just need some eggs and I'll be all set to make this!! Looks so easy, and versatile. I've never attempted making pastry cream as of yet.
jen7714 (author)  SageMinto4 years ago
Great! It is very simple. I use it for many desserts and recipes! Definitely try out the recipe and let me know how it turns out.
yummmmmm :p
jen7714 (author)  solarblade904 years ago
:) I agree.
Jayefuu4 years ago
Mmmmm pastry cream. Yum.
jen7714 (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Mhhmm it sure was. :) Are you going to give it a try?
Jayefuu jen77144 years ago
I may do! I'm more of a main course cook than a dessert chef. But mayhaps at Christmas if I have time while I'm visiting my parents.
jen7714 (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Great! I'm almost the opposite. I love my desserts. :) Especially during the holidays... And awesome, I'm sure they'll love it.