Almond Pastry Cream

Almond pastry cream
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
215 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 215
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 7g
Calcium 106mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This almond pastry cream recipe can be used in many traditional French pastry recipes, but it really pops in dishes featuring cherries, apricots, or cinnamon. The use of crème patisserie is limited only by your imagination; grace a simple tart or an elaborate gateau with the rich cream. The results will be equally delicious.


  • 1 1/4 cups milk (whole)
  • 3 eggs (just the yolks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (plus 2 additional teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until it is just hot enough to steam.

  2. While the milk is warming, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, flour, and cornstarch until the mixture is completely smooth.

  3. Once the milk is steaming, add half of it, whisking constantly, to the egg mixture.

  4. Add the milk and eggs back into the hot milk, continue stirring, and heat it for 1 to 2 minutes, until the custard reaches 170 F on a digital thermometer and is very thick.

  5. Remove it from the heat.

  6. Stir in the almond extract.

  7. Chill the pastry cream completely before filling pastry.