Crema pasticcera al cioccolato (chocolate custard)
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Pastry cream is a component in many Italian desserts. It can be used for tarts, sandwich filling for cakes, served with poached fruit, served with pandoro or panettone, or with cookies. This recipe uses rice flour and cornstarch instead of flour since they begin to thicken at 86°C whereas flour thickens at 95°C. The lower the temperature used to cook the eggs, ultimately the egg flavour will be softer. Chocolate custard pairs well with strawberries, peaches, raspberries and pears and is successfully used as a filling incakes and tarts.
Recipe type: Dessert (Dolci)
Cuisine: Inter-regional
Serves: 600 mls
  1. Pour 220 mls of milk into a pan and add the sugar and vanilla bean with its seeds.
  2. Heat to 55-60C and remove from the heat. Remove the vanilla pod, rinse and leave to dry to make vanilla sugar. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.
  3. In a separate bowl, place the egg yolks, the cornstarch and the rice flour.
  4. Mix well.
  5. When they are well mixed, begin slowly adding 100 ml of cold milk. Next add the cream. Finally, add a couple spoonfuls of the hot milk to the egg mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  6. Slowly began to add little by little of the hot milk to the egg mixture until combined. If the vanilla beans are clumping together, you can beat the mixture with a whisk to separate them.
  7. In a double boiler, heat the water until boiling before adding the mixture on top, stirring constantly to prevent lumps with a wooden spoon for about 10 minutes it reaches 86C and it is thick. The custard should not have clumps in it and should coat the wooden spoon. You should be able to put a spoon full of custard on the top and it should sit on top rather than sink immediately back in.
  8. Stir in the grated chocolate until the mixture is smooth.
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