*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                            Caramel Pastry Cream
 Recipe By     : TOO HOT TAMALES SHOW #TH6299
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1/4  Cup           cornstarch
      1/2  Cup           granulated sugar
    4                    egg yolks
    2      Cups          milk
      1/2  Cup           granulated sugar
    2      Tablespoons   water
    1                    plump vanilla bean -- split lengthwise
                         and seeds scraped out with a small
 Place the cornstarch and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl and mix together
 well; add egg yolks and mix until a paste is formed. Stir in 1/2 cup milk.
 Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar and water in a small heavy pot and stir to
 combine. Cook over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally but not
 stirring, until sugar turns a medium amber. Carefully pour in remaining milk
 and stir until smooth, Stir in vanilla seeds. Bring mixture back to a simmer
 then pour hot mixture over mixture in bowl, whisking constantly. Pour back
 into saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until smooth
 and thick. Remove from heat and stir an additional minute. Transfer to a
 bowl. Cover with buttered parchment or plastic wrap touching top of cream to
 avoid skin formation. Chill a minimum of 2 hours or as long as 2 days.
 Yield: about 2 1/2 cups 
 10/23/96 SHOW
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