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 Chocolate Pastry Cream

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When it comes to delicious, versatile fillings, Chocolate Pastry Cream stands out as a top contender. Its rich texture and deep chocolate flavor make it perfect for enhancing a range of desserts, from eclairs to fruit tarts. Even if you’re not a seasoned baker, you’ll find this recipe remarkably easy to follow. It involves just a handful of ingredients and super easy steps. This particular Chocolate Pastry Cream recipe is also dairy-free, thanks to oat milk and dairy-free chocolate, catering to various dietary needs. The velvety texture, combined with a sweet and slightly complex flavor profile, will make you wonder why you didn’t try making it sooner. Whether you’re looking to impress guests or just treating yourself, this Chocolate Pastry Cream is the ideal go-to recipe for any occasion that calls for a touch of sweet elegance.

Why You’ll Love Chocolate Pastry Cream

  • It’s Dairy-Free One of the standout features of this Chocolate Pastry Cream is that it’s dairy-free. This recipe uses oat milk and dairy-free chocolate, making it ideal for lactose-intolerant individuals or those who prefer plant-based ingredients. You’re getting all the creaminess without the dairy.
  • Ease of Preparation You don’t need to be a pastry chef to make this recipe successfully. It’s a straightforward process, and you’ll only need standard kitchen items. So, it’s perfect for people who are new to the art of dessert making.
  • Flavorful Yet Balanced With a well-measured amount of sugar and cocoa powder, the sweetness is not overpowering. The dark or semi-sweet chocolate complements the oat milk and vanilla, creating a balanced, rich flavor.
  • Versatile Use This Chocolate Pastry Cream isn’t just a one-trick pony. You can use it as a filling for pastries, cakes, and tarts, or even as a stand-alone dessert served with fruits. Its adaptability makes it a staple recipe in your dessert repertoire.
  • Texture The creamy consistency is hard to beat. Thanks to the egg yolks and cornstarch, this cream sets beautifully, offering a luxurious mouthfeel that elevates any dish it graces.

What You Need To Make Chocolate Pastry Cream

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stock pot
  • Whisk
  • Glass bowl

Ingredients You Need To Make Chocolate Pastry Cream

  • Oat Milk
  • Egg yolks
  • Egg
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla paste
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Dark chocolate or semi-sweet
  • Cocoa powder

How To Make Chocolate Pastry Cream

  1. To a stock pot, add the oat milk and vanilla and place over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, salt, and cornstarch.
  4. Once the milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low.
  5. Whisk one spoonful of the milk into the egg mixture.
  6. Whisk quickly to temper the eggs.
  7. Add another spoonful to the bowl, while you whisk.
  8. Then add the egg mixture to the pot with the milk.
  9. Whisk until thick.
  10. Add both chocolates to a glass bowl, pour the pastry cream into the bowl and mix until the chocolate is melted.
  11. Cover and place in the fridge to chill completely.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I Use Other Types of Milk?

You can use other types of plant-based milk to keep it dairy-free, but oat milk gives this particular recipe its signature creamy texture.

What Kind of Chocolate Should I Use?

You can use either dark or semi-sweet chocolate depending on your preference for sweetness. Dairy-free versions are available for both.

How Long Does It Last?

Stored in an airtight container, the Chocolate Pastry Cream can last up to 3-4 days in the fridge.

Can I Freeze It?

Freezing might alter the texture. It’s best enjoyed fresh or stored in the fridge.

Chocolate Pastry Cream

Whether you're looking to impress guests or just treating yourself, this Chocolate Pastry Cream is the ideal go-to recipe for any occasion that calls for a touch of sweet elegance.
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Prep Time: 13 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 100kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Stock Pot
  • Whisk
  • Glass bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Oat Milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet I used a DF
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  • To a stock pot, add the oat milk and vanilla and place over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, sugar, salt, and cornstarch.
  • Once the milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low.
  • Whisk one spoonful of the milk into the egg mixture.
  • Whisk quickly to temper the eggs.
  • Add another spoonful to the bowl, while you whisk.
  • Then add the egg mixture to the pot with the milk.
  • Whisk until thick.
  • Add both chocolates to a glass bowl, pour the pastry cream in the bowl and mix until the chocolate is melted.
  • Cover and place in the fridge to chill completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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Chocolate Pastry Cream is the kind of recipe that you’ll find yourself returning to time and time again. Its luscious texture and rich flavor make it a hit among both adults and kids. The balance of ingredients ensures a satisfying sweetness without it being too overwhelming. Additionally, its versatility makes it useful for an array of desserts, from filling donuts to layering in trifles. Once you make it, you’ll understand why it’s a beloved addition to so many dessert recipes. Whether it’s a special occasion or a regular day that needs a dash of sweetness, this Chocolate Pastry Cream is a trustworthy choice that’s both delectable and easy to make.

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