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Pastry Cream

Use this pastry cream to make our Eclairs.

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2002


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Set aside a rimmed baking sheet for cooling pastry cream. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, egg, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Add cornstarch and flour; whisk until smooth and pale yellow. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine milk and remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Stir over medium-high heat until milk begins to steam. Whisking constantly, add half the hot milk to the egg-yolk mixture. Stir until smooth; add combined mixture back to remaining hot milk in the pan. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking rapidly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Immediately transfer pastry cream to baking sheet, and spread into a thin layer with a large rubber spatula. Cover entire surface with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator until chilled, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Use immediately, or store up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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