Simple Pastry Cream

  • Serves

    makes About 4 cups

  • Cook

    30 minutes


By SAVEUR Editors

Published on March 10, 2016

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Classic Eclairs

Classic Eclairs

Use this basic pastry cream to fill all kinds of cream puffs, layer cakes, and eclairs.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups milk


Step 1

Whisk sugar, yolks, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan until smooth. Add butter, vanilla, and milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring, until custard is thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl; cover surface with plastic wrap. Chill completely.

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