Homemade Pastry Cream is so versatile!  Every good baker should have a go-to recipe.  Learn how to whip up this creamy, egg-y filling like a pro, with this easy video tutorial!  (Gluten and dairy free.)  And don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for an awesome giveaway from Tieks!

I use this homemade pastry cream as a filling in sooo many things!  It's so rich and creamy, and the video tutorial makes it all so easy ;)  #glutenfree #dairyfree

Good morning, friends!  How was your holiday weekend?  Ours was very busy, with birthday festivities, holiday celebrations, and lots of time with family.  Plus I am still in the process of getting everything back in order, after the big kitchen paint project.  I thought I would have been able to share lots of gorgeous pics with you by now, but it’s funny how these things always seem to take longer than we expect them to.  Look for something from me by the end of this week though, for sure!

For today’s post I’m sharing a basic recipe that every good baker should have in her back pocket.

I use this homemade pastry cream recipe as a filling in sooo many things!  It's so rich and creamy, and the video tutorial makes it all so easy ;)  #glutenfree #dairyfree

Pastry cream is a “building block recipe” that can be used in so many ways.  As a filling for cakes, eclairs, layered into parfaits, or as a base for a cream pie, you will never run out of uses for this versatile item.

I use this homemade pastry cream recipe as a filling in sooo many things!  It's so rich and creamy, and the video tutorial makes it all so easy ;)  #glutenfree #dairyfree

I think any time we hear about tempering eggs we tend to get a bit nervous, but this is truly so easy you could practically do it in your sleep.  To prove just how do-able homemade pastry cream can be, I made you a little video!

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Homemade Pastry Cream

Homemade Pastry Cream is so versatile! Every good baker should have a go-to recipe. Learn how to whip up this creamy, egg-y filling like a pro! (Gluten and dairy free.)

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time Total Time 20 minutes
Yields a little over 1 1/2 cups     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (dairy, nut, soy, or coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place the yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Heat the milk in a small pot until small bubbles form around the edge, and wisps of steam are rising from the surface.
  3. Add the hot milk to the egg mixture, a little at a time, whisking to combine.  When all the milk has been added, transfer the mixture back to the pot and place over medium-low heat.  Cook the pastry cream, whisking, until thickened.
  4. Stir in the vanilla, and pour the pastry cream through a fine mesh strainer, into a heat-safe bowl.  Use the back of a ladle to press the mixture through the sieve.  
  5. Press a layer of plastic wrap directly onto the surface, and refrigerate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1004kcal Calories from fat 300
% Daily Value
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 913mg 304%
Sodium 1155mg 48%
Carbohydrate 150g 50%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 119g
Protein 24g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

I use this homemade pastry cream recipe as a filling in sooo many things!  It's so rich and creamy, and the video tutorial makes it all so easy ;)  #glutenfree #dairyfree

Hopefully that shows how easy homemade pastry cream is to make.  If you’ve never tasted it before, it’s sort of like a cross between creme brulee and vanilla pudding.  I used to make huge hotel pans of it every week, back in my days in the professional kitchen, and we always used regular dairy milk.  But now, in my home kitchen, it’s just small batches, and lately I’ve really been loving coconut milk pastry cream, for a dairy-free option.  And it’s also naturally gluten-free, so this is a really great thing if you or someone you love has food allergies or sensitivities.

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