A few days ago we commented that making pastry cream is one of the easiest, and we encouraged you to make it at home with a recipe that always gives good results (you can see the recipe and the tips for making cream here ).

If you already have your pastry cream ready, you have endless options to enjoy it. Today I leave you some ideas and recipes to use pastry cream:

1. Apple puff pastry

If you have your cream ready, one of the quickest and most delicious resources there is is to prepare an apple puff pastry. One of my favorite treats for Sunday snack, Bon Appetit!

With both round and rectangular puff pastry, all you have to do is:

  • Fold the edges of the puff pastry, making a frame of about a centimeter, and prick the entire surface of the puff pastry with a fork.
  • Put baking paper on top and fill the center of the puff pastry with weights (either with ceramic balls or dried vegetables), to prevent it from rising.
  • Bake at 180º-200ºC for about ten minutes or until you see that the puff pastry is somewhat done and just begins to brown.
  • Take it out of the oven, remove the weights and the paper and arrange a layer of your pastry cream on top of the puff pastry (avoiding it going on the edges).
  • Arrange the sliced ​​apple on top, covering the entire surface with cream.
  • Brush the edges of the puff pastry with beaten egg, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top, and bake for 15 minutes.

2. Kiwi, strawberry and banana cake

This cake will become another Sunday vice: it is about making, as before, a base of puff pastry with cream, and arranging the cut fruit on top. What I recommend in this case is that the puff pastry is rectangular.

What you have to do is follow exactly the same first steps as before: make the edges on the puff pastry and bake it with the weights. Now, it is important that this time the puff pastry is well baked, because you will not put it in the oven again.

Make sure the puff pastry is golden around the edges, remove it and spread a layer of cream all over the center. Then, all you have to do is arrange a few rows of cut fruit alternating the different colors: kiwi, strawberry and banana, a classic and very tasty combination!

NOTE: In the same way that I propose you to make the baked apple pie or the kiwi, strawberry and banana puff pastry, you can make it from any other fruit: a whole cream puff pastry with only strawberries, cherries, raspberries, peach... Pastry cream and fruit are an explosive combination!

Recipes with cream and fruit

Strawberry tart and puff pastry tart with apple

3. Bolla larpeira

I invite you to prepare a typical Galician sweet that combines brioche-type dough with the classic bands of cream on top. The peculiarity of this recipe is that the brioche is lightly flavored with anise and lemon, which, together with the touch of cream, makes it wonderful. You will find the recipe here .

4. Brick pasta flowers with red berries

If you are looking for a quick and effective recipe, some brick pasta flowers can save you on many occasions. It is about baking the dough with the cream and some fruits on top. I leave you the recipe that we made with lemon curd ( here ), but if you substitute it with pastry cream it will be a vice.

5. Cream tartlets with raspberries

The pastry cream is very rich with the sablée dough (sweet shortcrust pastry). The proposal to make these tartlets with cream and top them with raspberries will be a success at home, and it is not complicated. If you want, you can also replace the raspberries with strawberries, berries or cherries, for example. You will love them!

Recipes with pastry cream

Bolla larpeira , brick pastry flowers with red berries and cream tartlets with raspberries

6. Crêpe cake

The only thing you have to keep in mind when preparing crêpes is that it is interesting that the dough rest for at least half an hour before using it. But as we have repeatedly said, making crêpes is really easy.

What I propose is to make crêpes, stack them making a nice tower, and between floor and floor place a layer of the pastry cream that you have prepared.

On the blog we have this crêpe cake stuffed with lemon curd . You can see it here , and follow it exactly the same but substituting the lemon cream for pastry cream.

7. Coca of San Juan

It is typical of San Juan, but one wants to enjoy this coca all year round! The coca de San Juan (or Sant Joan) recipe can be the perfect excuse to prepare cream, or cream is the perfect excuse to prepare this coca. While you decide what your excuse is, here is the recipe.

8. Cherry and Raspberry Sablée Tartlets

We made some sablée tartlets with mascarpone that were a real delight. Today I propose to prepare them, but substituting the mascarpone cream for the pastry cream that will combine so well with the cherries and raspberries. You will find the recipe here .

Recipes that use pastry cream

Claudia Ferrer

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