Crema pasticciera

By: Loretta Sebastiani

Cooking Basic preparations Crema pasticciera

Crema pasticciera

Pastry cream or custard   Authentic Italian recipes

custard or pastry cream
Pastry cream

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 85 g (3oz) white flour
  • 500 ml (16 fl oz - 2 C) milk
  • 170 g (6 oz) sugar
  • 1 vanilla-pod
  • A piece of lemon peel
difficult recipe
preparation: 20 minutes
cooking: 30 minutes
Nutrition Facts (amount per serving):
Calories: 396(kCal) 20 % - 1658 (kJ)
Protein: 10.4 (g) 14 % GDA
Total fat: 12.1 (g) 18 % GDA
Total carbohydrate: 63.6 (g) 24 % GDA
Sugars: 48.5 (g) 54 % GDA

Pastry cream is one of the most famous basic preparation for cake and dessert. To make pastry cream at home means to be able to choose organic ingredients or at least good-quality ingredients.

Here's the recipe of pastry cream!

Warm up milk; when it begins boiling, switch off the gas and add vanilla-pod and lemon peel.
Meanwhile beat egg yolks with sugar; you should use a little saucepan to be put in a bain-marie finally. Beat yolks and sugar for a long time until you have a frothy mixture. Add white flour, with a strainer, very gently in order to avoid your mixture collapse and stir with a whisk continuously. Put saucepan in a bain-marie. Take away vanilla-pod and lemon peel from milk. Begin adding hot milk very slowly, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon. Your cream has to thicken but you have to avoid it boils. So you have to take away from the flame as soon as you see it begins boiling.
Let it cool, stirring now and then.


  • - The dose we suggest can be used for filling a sponge cake or profiteroles or other cakes.
  • - If you use half the flour, you can prepare an excellent dessert to be served with some assorted biscuits.
  • - You can substitute half the flour with potato starch.
  • - If you prefer a sweeter cream, you can increase the quantity of sugar until 250 g (1/2 oz).
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