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Crème Pâtissière

This sweet pastry cream is a rich and creamy filling for fruit tarts and choux buns.

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The crème pâtissière can be made 1 day in advance, covered with cling film, and chilled in a refrigerator until ready to use.


  1. 1

    Pour the milk into a saucepan and heat it to simmering point.

  2. 2

    Beat the eggs and sugar together in a bowl, mix in the flour and cornflour, then pour in the hot milk, and mix well.

  3. 3

    Return the mixture to the pan and bring it slowly to the boil, stirring continuously until it becomes smooth and lump-free. Once the mixture reaches boiling point, reduce the heat, and simmer, stirring for 1–2 minutes, to cook the flour.

  4. 4

    Allow it to cool a little, then stir in the vanilla extract. Use at once, or cover and chill until needed.


  • 300ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 20g plain flour
  • 20g cornflour
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract

Makes 300 ml

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Recipe published with permission from © Dorling Kindersley Limited. The Cooking Book 2008


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