Pastry cream is one of my favorite fillings. I fondly remember eating all sorts of pastries and confections filled whit this glorious and delicious cream. This is not a cream that I use on my layered cakes; one because this is a cream that need permeant refrigeration and that should be consumed within 3 days of preparation, and two, because it is too rummy to withstand the weight of layers of cake. This is the most glorious and light cream to fill smaller confections like profiteroles and to layer on delicious parfaits.
I have heard of pastry chefs that add gelatin to the cream to achieve a fuller body that allows them to create delicious "entreme" or layered pastries.
This recipe calls for two measurements of milk and two of sugar. The reason for this is that you will add milk and sugar in two separate steps. Measure all the ingredients beforehand; The first part of this recipe is completed in a short period of time, and there will not be time to stop to measure!
What I love of this recipe is that if made correctly, it will produce the most smooth and delicious cream....however, it won't hurt to have a strainer at hand in case you get a few lumps here and there!...nobody has to know that:)
I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
pastry cream recipe
Adapted from an original recipe by Colette Christian
Yields: 20 ounces or 21⁄4 cups
Since opening in 2010 in Cincinnati, Venezuelan born Ileana Saldivia’s studio, Sugar Realm has become a preeminent wedding and celebration cake design boutique. In 2018, due to her husband's job, Ileana and her family relocated to Philadelphia, and so did her Sugar Kingdom. Sugar Realm’s cakes and confections are known for their sophisticated flavors, unique designs, artistic sugar flowers, innovative techniques, and architectural compositions. The studio’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in leading bridal, lifestyle, and cake decorating magazines. In the December 2015 issue of “Cincinnati Magazine,” Sugar Realm was named “Best of the City” and featured on the cover. Saldivia’s blog “Life in a Sugar Kingdom” is regularly visited by hundreds of cake enthusiasts and professionals.
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