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Creme Patissiere - Thick Homemade Custard

Ingredients

  • 600ml Australian Milk
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar, extra
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
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Method

  1. 1. Bring milk, sugar and vanilla bean and seeds to a simmer in a saucepan. Take care not to boil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together extra sugar and yolks, then whisk in cornflour to form a paste. Carefully whisk about 1/2 cup hot milk mixture into egg mixture until incorporated, slowly whisk in remaining hot milk. Continue whisking until smooth and combined.
  3. 3. Return mixture to saucepan and whisk over low heat until very thick and custardy, bring to the boil, then immediately remove from heat. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish and cover with plastic wrap pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the custard to avoid a skin forming. Refrigerate for several hours until cold and set.
  4. 3. Before using to fill cakes, place the set custard into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed until thick, smooth and glossy. The custard is now ready to fill cakes, profiteroles, eclairs or cannoli.

Tips / Handy Hints

For Italian Custard Cream, fold 300ml softly whipped cream into the beaten custard mixture. For chocolate custard, stir squares of dark chocolate into the custard once thickened and removed from the heat. For coconut custard, increase the quantity of milk slightly and add dessicated when warming the milk. Strain before whisking into egg yolks.

Comments

Jenny Divers
11/08/2016

Perfect custard yum and made it with Lactose free milk even better, I can eat it yum

Perfect custard yum and made it with Lactose free milk even better, I can eat it yum

Marta
30/05/2016

Custard is perfect I don't know how could you get loose like water of it

Custard is perfect I don't know how could you get loose like water of it

Santhanam
28/04/2016

I tried custard in my home but i didn't got a thick custard, i got the custard milk as like water as lose

I tried custard in my home but i didn't got a thick custard, i got the custard milk as like water as lose

Hannah
2/01/2015

This is the best custard recipe I've come across to date! I made it to the recipe, except when I put the mixture back into the pan to c... Show all

This is the best custard recipe I've come across to date! I made it to the recipe, except when I put the mixture back into the pan to cook, I didn't boil it as it has always split when I do. Overall it tasted great and set beautifully! Will use again.

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