Orange-Vanilla Pastry Cream

Makes 3/4 cup

Use this recipe when making our Berry Tartlets.


  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped to loosen

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Bring milk, vanilla bean, and zest to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Cover; let steep 20 minutes.

  2. Put yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add flour; mix until incorporated.

  3. With mixer on low speed, add 1/2 cup steeped milk. Return milk-yolk mixture to pan; whisk. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 2 days.

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