POPSUGAR Celebrity

Pastry Cream

Jan 18 2007 - 4:39pm

Pastry Cream [Array]
From Baking Illustrated [1]

2 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
5 large egg yolks
3 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    • Heat the half-and-half, 6 tbsp of the sugar and the salt in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
    • Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.
    • Whisk in the remaining 2 tbsp sugar and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds.
    • Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds.
    • When the half-and-half mixture reaches a full simmer, gradually whisk the simmering half-and-half into the yolk mixture to temper.
    • Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula; return to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.
    • Remove from heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla.
    • Strain the pastry cream through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl.
    • Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
    • Refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

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