Pastry Cream

Pastry Cream

Prep Time


Cook Time

12 minutes


Pastry Cream

This recipe courtesy “WilliamsSonoma”:

Plain pastry cream is delicious spread in a baked tart shell and topped with ripe berries, sliced peaches or other fruit. You can flavor the cream with 1 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate, or with toasted grated coconut or toasted pulverized nuts.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library Series, Pies & Tarts, by John Phillip Carroll (Time-Life Books, 1992).


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 Bring the milk to a simmer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add the hot milk to the sugar mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the milk mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens slightly, 7 to 10 minutes. Whisk in the egg yolks, then cook, stirring, until slightly thicker, about 2 minutes more. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter.
  • 2 Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Add the vanilla, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Pastry cream will keep in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 3 days. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.


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