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Strawberry Balsamic Custard Tart

This tart brings together excellent combinations of flavor and texture to make one delicious and refreshing dessert. The crust, a crumbly chocolate sable, is filled with vanilla pastry cream, and topped with fresh sliced strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. While vinegar as a dessert condiment may seem a little unorthodox, the slightly sweet, slightly savory acidity compliments the sweetness of the strawberries and the pastry cream. It's just the thing when you're in the mood for something a little less traditional. More

Chocolate Pastry Cream

This is a delicious chocolate version of pastry cream. Use it whenever recipes call for regular pastry cream for a chocolate treat. If you are using it as a pie filling, be sure to lighten it with whipped cream before using (optional directions below). More

Pastry Cream

Pastry cream is ubiquitous in the dessert world. It's used to fill all sorts of treats, such as cakes, eclairs, cream puffs, fresh fruit tarts, and all kinds of French puff pastry items. It's a lot like pudding, but usually made richer and a bit thicker with the addition of extra egg yolks. Be sure to whip chilled pastry cream thoroughly before using to ensure that it is completely smooth. More

Éclairs

The pastry cream used to fill these éclairs doesn't have to be vanilla—it can be flavored with any sort of extract or oil you'd like, orange flower water is particularly nice. Or for chocolate, simply add a few tablespoons of chocolate ganache to the pastry cream. More

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