Inside Cooking

Inside Cooking Ep 110: Creme Patissiere – Thick Homemade Custard

Creme patissiere is basically a delicious, rich, creamy custard thickened with starch and eggs. It’s an important component for many desserts.

Ingredients (20 servings)

  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 ½ tbsp cornstarch (cornflour) (3 tbsp / 30 g for a stiffer pastry cream)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste / extract / 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg (please see notes)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened


Preparation time: 10 mins; cooking time: 30 mins)

If using vanilla bean pods, split the bean and scrape the vanilla seeds/caviar out of the beans.

Add the bean and caviar with the milk into a saucepan. Heat the milk over medium high heat and
bring it to a simmer, almost to a boil.

While the milk is being heated, place the sugar, egg and yolks, cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Whisk
until you have a thick, smooth mix. (If you are using vanilla bean paste or extract, add it to the egg mix
too). Place the bowl with the egg mix on a towel or napkin (to prevent the bowl from slipping while
whisking, in the next step), and set aside until the milk comes to a boil.

As soon as the milk starts to bubble, remove it from the heat. Slowly pour about a half of the hot milk
in a thin stream, into the egg mix, WHILE WHISKING CONSTANTLY to temper the egg mix. When the
eggs have been tempered, add the egg mix back into the hot milk in the saucepan.

Heat the custard base, over medium heat, while whisking vigorously until it starts to thicken – this
should take about 1 – 2 minutes.

While whisking, let the custard come to a boil (the custard will release bubbles). Lower the heat and
cook for a further 1-2 minutes after you see the first bubbles break the surface. Remove from the heat
and add the butter. Whisk in the butter, until it’s completely mixed in.

Pour the custard into a bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap, making sure the
plastic wrap is touching the whole surface. This is to prevent a custard skin from forming on top.

Let the custard cool down to room temperature and then let it chill in the fridge for a few hours, until
it’s completely chilled.

Use as needed after the pastry cream has been chilled.

Inside Cooking Ep 110 Creme Patissiere – Thick Homemade Custard