Vanilla pastry cream is usually made with eggs and is a perfect base for many desserts, such as fruit tarts, mousses, Bavarian creams, and ice-cream. This simple and easy recipe for eggless vanilla pastry cream, or eggless Crème Pâtissière, opens up a whole new world of desserts for people who can't have eggs.
In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla bean paste or extract. Stir well until cornflour is well combined.
Cook on medium heat stirring constantly. Once the milk is hot, lower the heat to medium-low to prevent the bottom from burning.
Continue to cook stirring constantly until the milk thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.Pro tip - The more you cook, the thicker the pastry cream will become.
At this point, you can add an egg yellow color if you want it to look like the classic pastry cream. Pro tip - I don't use any color in this eggless version. So you can see that the color is white.
Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming at the top.Pro tip - If a skin forms on the pastry cream it will become very lumpy.
Ideally, a good quality vanilla bean, vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract would work. I love to use the scraping and the whole vanilla bean. This gives a wonderful vanilla flavor and takes away any egg smell from the pastry cream.
You can make a dairy-free custard by simply substituting the milk in the recipe with almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. Coconut milk is my favorite and I often use it when I make coconut mousse.
My pastry cream is too thin - Crème pâtissière needs to be cooked until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If you take it off too quickly it will be thin and often undercooked
My pastry cream is too thick - Too much starch can cause the custard to be too thick or sometimes doughy. So, always measure the ingredients well and use only the amount stated in the recipe. You can thin down a thick creme patisserie by adding a little whipped cream.
My pastry cream is lumpy - I prefer to use a whisk and cook pastry cream on medium-low heat to keep things moving and homogenous. If the heat is high and the mixing is not even, the custard can get lumpy. Remove it off the heat - give it a good whisk and place it back on low to continue cooking. Adjust heat accordingly.
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