Thursday, April 14, 2011

Perfect Pastry Cream Video

One of the most viewed posts (if not the most viewed) ever on this blog was of a new method I learned to make pastry cream in December of '09 at the Alicia Foundation in Spain (see the post here and then see the recipe here). I showed a demo of it today at the CIA in Greystone (St. Helena, California) for the students and it was very exciting to see their response to it. I thought it would be nice to share it with you as well. Sharing is caring.

Check it out here





18 comments:

  1. Will this work in a kitchenaid?

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  2. so the corn-starch never cooks. does this have a raw flavor?

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  3. The cornstarch cooks when the boiling milk hits the liason at 212 F. cornstarch fully coagulates at 185 F.

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  4. I assume you can't make a small amount with this method as the heat would probably dissipate too quickly.. have you tried this?

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  5. You assume correctly. The recipe linked above is the smalles you should make.

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  6. what would be the best way to make a chocolate version of this?
    Stirr in melted chocolate?

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  7. The recipe I use for pastry cream has pastry cream powder as opposed to cornstarch. Would this method work for it, as long as the recipe size is large enough?

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  8. Dave: stir in chocolate (chopped) at the end while the cream is still hot.

    Anonymous: powder had starch and other things. Don't think it would work.

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  9. i had tried this back when you initially uploaded this method (i was SO excited!) but it didnt really work.. havent tried it again since then but i think i should give it another try and try to get it right !

    can i freeze the cream for (near) future use ? if not how long can i keep it in the fridge ?

    thanks ! Stef

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  10. You can't really freeze it. You can keep it refrigerated for five days.

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  11. great ! thanks a lot chef ! :)

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  12. Hello Francisco, you said that all the recipes from alicia, you could find them on their website, but I haven't been able to find it. Would you mind to share it?? That would be awesome, and thanx in advance. Diego

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  13. The link to the recipe is right above in the text

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  14. Hello Francisco, I found the recipe yesterday, I was actually talking about Alicia's website. :) . BTW Thanx for the post, is greatt!

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  15. To the guy above. Here is the website www.alicia.cat . But yet I have not been able to find a recipe in the website, as you said that they would post all of their investigation... If they have those kind of things like that perfect pastry cream new process.. would be amazing!! Or are you talking about another website??

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  16. You know the chefs at Alicia had told me the recipes to all they do is on the website. I haven't checked personally though. They may very well not be there or perhaps they pulled the plug on it.

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  17. Hello Francisco, the recipe linked above is not available anymore. Would you post it again? Thanks.

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