Easy Custard Cream - Pastry Cream

A very Easy and Simple Custard Cream to be used in many Desserts:  Zeppole, Cream Puffs, Cakes, etc. Whenever you need a good Pastry Cream, this is the recipe you want to use.



For 1 Batch(es)

For the Cream:

  • 3 3/4 cups milk (900 ml)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (100 ml)
  • 1 cup sugar (300 gr)
  • 3/4 cup corn starch (100 gr)
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, peel only


  1. In a bowl, mix the milk, heavy cream, the beaten egg yolks and the vanilla.
  2. In a pot, add all the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Put the pot on the stove at medium heath and add the milk mixture. With a wooden spoon start mixing continuously.
  4. Add the lemon peel and continue to stir non-stop.
  5. After about 7-8 minutes, the mix will begin to thicken and form a cream.
  6. Once it reaches the desired cream consistency, remove the pot from the flame, remove the lemon peel and continue to stir for another 30 secs.
  7. Stir occasionally while the cream is cooling off.
  8. Once you remove the cream from the stove, transfer to a cooling pan and cover the entire surface of the cream with plastic wrap so that a skin will not form.



Recipe Notes

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Sunday, 21 March 2021
How long does it keep and can you freeze it? - Monique Iannuzzi
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
I made this cream and it was a hit with everyone. The recipe calls for a lot more egg yolks than so...
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- Sassi
Sunday, 06 May 2018
Amazing and quick - Gina635
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
I made the creM last night it is amazing I do bake a lot and have made so many italian cream recipes...
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- Sese
Thursday, 14 December 2017
easy to make and just takes a few minutes.....lot's of recipes to use it in - Oceanssurprise15
Thursday, 14 December 2017
I made this cream and it was amazing, but i found it a little runny, am i doing something wrong? - ritadig