Pastry Cream

A common component in delicious baked desserts
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Elements
Keyword: dessert, makecaloriesgreatagain, makedessertsgreatagain, mcga, pastry cream
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Food Category: Eggs
FoodOrDrink: Food
Element: Enhanced Components


  • 6 ea Eggs Yolks only. Room temp.
  • 3/4 cup Sugar Granulated
  • 2 cup Half & Half
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 4 tbs Butter Sliced into pieces
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp Salt


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Combine together the egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  • Whisk until well blended.
  • Slowly add the flour and continue to stir.
  • Heat the half & half over the stove until simmering. Slowly add some of the half and half into the yolk mixture for tempering while stirring.
  • Then pour the yolk mixture into the sauce pan while stirring. Careful to not use too much heat or your eggs may "scramble up". 😉 Continue to stir until thickened (about 5 minutes).
  • Increase the heat and stir until it is bubbling. Remove from the stove and stir in the butter and vanilla until well blended and smooth.
  • Give it a taste test!
  • Place into a bowl and cover the top of the cream directly with plastic. Refrigerate for at least two hours, and up to a day before using.
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