It's probably no secret that the delicate vanilla cream with its incomparable taste and velvety texture makes the heart of every dessert lover beat faster. Today we dive deep into the world of vanilla cream and uncover all its secrets. We use the exquisite vanilla bean from Super Premium Vanilla , which takes the cream to a whole new level with its intensive aroma and full-bodied taste.
- 1 liter whole milk
- 2 super premium vanilla beans
- 6 egg yolks
- 150 grams of sugar
- 40 g cornstarch
Let's dive together into the magical world of vanilla cream and bring our dessert to life step by step.
The art of scraping out the vanilla pulp
First, let's look at the vanilla beans . Place a pod on a cutting board and slice lengthwise. Now comes the exciting part - scraping out the vanilla seeds. A sure instinct is required here, because the marrow is the heart of our cream. With the back of a knife, carefully scrape the black gold out of the pod. Repeat this step with the second pod.
The sweet dance of milk and vanilla
Now it's time to get down to business. Put the milk in a large saucepan and slowly heat it up. Add the scraped vanilla pulp and the empty pods. The reason we don't throw away the pods is simple - they're still full of flavor! When the milk is almost boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture steep for about 15 minutes.
Egg yolk meets sugar - a duet that couldn't be more harmonious
While the milk is steeping, in a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until fluffy. The yolk provides the rich, creamy texture while the sugar provides the necessary sweetness. Now the cornstarch comes into play. It serves as a binding agent and ensures that our vanilla cream has the perfect consistency. Stir the cornstarch into the egg yolk and sugar mixture until there are no lumps.
The Fusion - When milk meets egg yolk
Now it's getting exciting! Remove the vanilla pods from the milk and pour them into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. A steady arm is required here, because we don't want any lumps in our heavenly cream. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat over medium-high, stirring constantly, until the cream thickens. Be patient, this process may take a few minutes.
The perfect vanilla cream - A texture to fall in love with
As soon as the cream has the consistency of a thin pudding, take the pan off the heat. The cream will firm up even more as it cools. Fill the vanilla cream into dessert bowls and let them cool down. For the patient among us, let them marinate for a few more hours in the fridge, but we know it's hard to resist this delicious dessert!
Now that we've mastered the basics of making a perfect custard, we're far from done. There are so many wonderful variations and uses for this delicious cream.
The variations - there are no limits to creativity
One of my favorite variations is the chocolate vanilla cream. To do this, simply mix a few tablespoons of high-quality cocoa powder into the finished cream. For the coffee lovers among you, an espresso vanilla cream could be just the thing. Simply add a teaspoon or two of instant espresso to the warm cream.
You can also spice up your vanilla cream with fruit. Strawberries, blueberries or raspberries are wonderful companions and bring a fruity kick to your cream.
The uses - From cake filling to ice cream
Vanilla cream is so versatile that it should not be missing in any recipe book. Use them as a filling for your next birthday cake or as a topping for your muffins. You can also use them as a base for homemade vanilla ice cream. And for the fall and winter months, a warm custard is just the thing to warm you up.
Finally, we hope this in-depth guide will help you whip up the perfect custard. Experiment, try it out and discover the wonderful world of vanilla cream for yourself!