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Vanilla Custard Pastry Filling

This is my favorite vanilla custard pastry filling for cream puffs, cakes, trifles, and all kinds of pastries. I haven't found another that tops this oldie but goodie cream filling recipe! I love it! If you like custard filling, this is a great one!
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Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: All Cuisines!
Servings: 8
Calories: 143


  • 2 cups milk
  • cup sugar
  • cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • In a heavy saucepan, beat the eggs and milk together. Beat in the sugar, flour, and salt.
  • Cook over medium heat until it thickens.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and the butter.
  • Transfer the filling into a bowl and press plastic wrap right on top of the filling so it won’t cause a skin to form. Cool it at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then chill it well in the refrigerator before you use it.


VARIATION:   Make the filling then fold in some whipped cream to make it a lighter if you'd like!
MAKE AHEAD:   Press plastic wrap right on top of the filling and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before you use it.
Sodium: 338mg | Calcium: 74mg | Vitamin A: 172IU | Sugar: 20g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 95mg | Cholesterol: 30mg | Calories: 143kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 24g | Iron: 1mg