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Orange Pastry Cream

  • yield: Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 strips (1 by 2 inches) orange zest, from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a small saucepan, combine milk, orange zest, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Scrape in vanilla seeds, and add the pod. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cover. Set aside 10 minutes; discard orange zest and vanilla pod.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with cornstarch. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and egg yolk; add the sugar mixture, and continue whisking until pale yellow.

  3. Step 3

    Return milk mixture to heat. Bring to a boil, scraping vanilla seeds from sides of pan.

  4. Step 4

    Slowly ladle half of boiling milk mixture into egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer this new mixture back to saucepan.

  5. Step 5

    Set pan over medium heat, whisking constantly and scraping sides and edges of pan. Once mixture comes to a boil, whisk vigorously until very thick, about 1 1/2 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    Remove pan from heat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape pastry cream into a medium bowl; set over ice bath. Whisk butter, piece by piece, into the pastry cream while still warm. Let cool completely. Lay plastic wrap on surface of pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming; wrap tightly. Store pastry cream, refrigerated, up to 1 day.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 1998