Crema Pasticcera Recipe: This 5-Ingredient Lemon Italian Pastry Cream Recipe Is Fabulous by 30Seconds Food

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Crema Pasticcera Recipe: This 5-Ingredient Lemon Italian Pastry Cream Recipe Is Fabulous

Crema pasticcera is an Italian pastry cream that can be used in so many different ways. Similar to lemon pudding, you can use it to fill tartspies, trifles, croissants, eclairs, pastry puffs or cakes, or serve it on its own topped with fruit or drizzled with honey.

This easy crema pasticcera recipe has just five ingredients and is ready to chill out on the counter and cool in less than 30 minutes. How will you use this lemony pastry cream?

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the milk over low heat in a saucepot. Turn the heat off right before it boils.  Add lemon zest and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the zest. Set aside. 
  2. In a bowl, combine the sugar and egg yolks. Whisk or beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the cornstarch and mix gently to combine. 
  3. Add the warm milk slowly and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture back into the saucepot. Cook over low heat until it thickens, stirring constantly. When desired thickness is achieved, pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and cool. Once cool, put it into the refrigerator to chill.

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Saucepots $10 & Up
Mesh Strainers $5 & Up
Cornstarch $2 & Up
Ivan Beacco
Nope, that may be delicious but it ain’t crema pasticciera, either by ingredients , preparation or flavor either.
Crema pasticceria is thickened with flour, not starch. The sugar is cooked with a little water rather than whipped with the eggs and there is just a little piece of lemon peel, certainly not the zest of 3 lemons.
Gwen Johnson
If there's anything I've learned about cooking and recipes, it's that there are so many variations. I almost got into with someone because she said my meatloaf recipe wasn't a meatloaf because it didn't have eggs in it. Yes, it IS a meatloaf, we just don't use eggs. :) But thank you for sharing because I do like to learn about other cuisines.
Elisa Schmitz
Wow, this looks delicious. I love Italian recipes, and all the lemon recipes, so this one is a surefire winner!

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