Pastry Cream

  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Prepare an ice-water bath. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg, yolk, and 1/4 cup sugar until pale yellow and thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Sift in cornstarch; beat on medium-low speed until combined.

  2. Meanwhile, bring milk and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Whisking constantly, slowly pour half of milk mixture into egg mixture; continue to whisk until smooth. Pour mixture back into saucepan. Whisk over medium heat another 2 to 3 minutes, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon (it should be the consistency of mayonnaise).

  3. Transfer to a large bowl. Add butter, a piece at a time, stirring until melted after each addition. Set over ice-water bath until chilled. Stir in vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or up to overnight, before using.

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