Pumpkin Pastry Cream

Pumpkin pie

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Chill: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 50 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
22 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 50
Amount per serving
Calories 22
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 12mg 1%
*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 pumpkin pastry cream recipe, a truly delicious replica of spiced pumpkin pie custard, can be used in profiteroles, Napoleons, éclairs, tarts, and Génoise cake. The use of crème patisserie is limited only by your imagination; grace a simple or an elaborate French dessert recipe with it. The results will be equally delicious.


  • 1 cup milk (whole)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (grated)
  • 1 pinch cloves (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (plus 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until it is just hot enough to steam. While the milk is warming, whisk together the egg yolks, pumpkin, sugar, flour, spices, and cornstarch until the mixture is completely smooth.

  2. Once the milk is steaming, add half of it, whisking constantly, to the pumpkin mixture. Add the milk and pumpkin 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. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla extract, and chill the pumpkin pastry cream before using it.

  3. This pumpkin pastry cream recipe makes enough pastry cream to fill 1 standard pastry or cake recipe.