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Baking Basics: How to Make Pastry Cream

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Emily Luchetti, Level 1
Emily Luchetti
One of the fundamentals of baking is knowing how to make Pastry Cream. If you don't know how yet, don't worry: Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti shows how easy it is and once you learn the basics you can make many different variations. You can substitute granulated sugar for brown sugar or add coffee, cinnamon, rum, or even citrus! The variations are endless. This is a must-watch Grokker Premium video. It'll help you when you want to make Boston Cream pie or even Banana cream pie.

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Yields: 5 cups
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 15 minutes

4 Egg Yolks
1 cup Granulated sugar (Can be substituted for brown sugar)
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups heated milk
1 pad unsalted butter (Optional)

You can add Coffee grounds to milk
You can add spices, citrus, rum, any many other ingredients.

1. In a bowl add your 4 egg yolks and add in 1 cup sugar then whisk the two together.

2. Add in cornstarch and whisk some more. Add in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and whisk that in. In a pot heat up 4 cups of milk in medium heat. Once milk is hot slowly pour into the egg yolks while whisking, tempering the mixture.

3. Once mixed together pour it back into the pot and stir constantly in medium heat. Use a flat-bottom rubber spatula to go back and forth string the mixture. Continue to mix and heat for 5 minutes.

4. Once it starts to thicken and you see chunks, switch to a whisk and whisk it back to being smooth and then switch back to your rubber spatula and continue to mix. When it is thicken and starts to bubble, turn off the heat and add in a pad of butter (Optional).

5. Whisk the butter together with the cream. Take the cream and pour it out into a clean bowl. Put plastic wrap right on the surface of the cream to store in refrigerator to cool. Your good to start adding this cream to your baking!

How to Make Pastry Cream
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