• 100g caster sugar
  • 4 medium egg yolks
  • 40g Cornflour
  • 500ml milk
  • 2 vanilla pods or 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 40g Butter


  • STEP 1
    Whisk the sugar, egg yolks and cornflour together in a bowl until smoothly combined and set aside.
  • STEP 2
    Pour the milk into a large heavy based pan. Split the vanilla pods open (If using vanilla pods) and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife and add these to the milk in the pan. (Alternatively add the vanilla extract to the milk) Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.
  • STEP 3
    Pour about a quarter of the hot milk onto the egg mixture and whisk together. Then return this mixture to the rest of the milk in the pan. Put back over a gentle heat and cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from the heat immediately.
  • STEP 4
    Pass the mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Add the butter and stir in to melt. Place a disc of baking parchment or silicone paper directly on the surface of the creme patissiere to stop a skin forming. Leave to cool and then chill before using.

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