Vanilla Pastry Cream is a creamy decadent pudding that is used to fill all kinds of desserts and pastries such as cream puffs, eclairs, cakes, tarts, pies, donuts and more. It's absolutely delicious and extremely simple to make. My favorite way to use Vanilla Pastry Cream is in a Strawberry Tart or Cake. I just love the classic combination of this yummy vanilla cream and strawberries! P.S. This is not diet food, so be sure to use whole milk and real heavy cream!
In a saucepan combine milk, cream and sugar, and heat to almost boiling then remove from heat.
In a bowl, whisk eggs and egg yolks. Add cornstarch and salt and whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Slowly pour half of the milk mixture into egg mixture while whisking vigorously.
Whisk the egg/milk mixture into the pan with remaining milk mixture. Cook over medium heat to boiling, whisking constantly about 2 minutes..
Cook for about 2 minutes more whisking constantly. Creating a thick pudding.
Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and butter until thoroughly combined.
Pour mixture into a shallow pan or bowl and cover with plastic wrap, press plastic wrap onto the surface to completely cover the pastry cream. Chill completely about 4 hours or overnight.