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Creme Patissiere (Pastry Cream)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch (cornflour) packed tablespoons ( 4 tbsp / 40 g for a stiffer pastry cream). You can also add up to 50 g / 5 tbsp if you want a thicker, more stable pastry cream.
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste / extract / 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 4 large egg yolks about 20 g each (please see recipe notes)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • subheading: Adding gelatin (Optional):
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1½ tsp powdered gelatin 225 bloom strength
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