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Vanilla Pastry Cream

Yield 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% low-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Place egg in a bowl; set aside. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Gradually add milk to saucepan; stir with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Gradually stir one-fourth of hot milk mixture into egg; add to remaining milk mixture, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into a bowl; place plastic wrap on surface, and chill.