Chocolate Creme Patissiere (Chocolate Pastry Cream) - a rich, creamy custard with deep chocolate flavor, that can be used in many types of dessert. This recipe is gluten free and dairy free friendly. 

Chocolate creme patissiere (Chocolate pastry cream)

Servings: 825 grams
Author: Dini

Recipe updated February 2019 (to enhance chocolate flavor).



  • 2 ¼ cups milk (Or a plant based milk like coconut or almond)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened (Or vegan butter)


  1. Add the milk and vanilla into a saucepan. Heat the milk over medium high heat and bring it to a boil.
  2. While the milk is being heated, place the sugar, egg and yolks, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk until you have a thick, smooth mix. Place this egg mix on top of a towel or napkin (to prevent it from slipping), and then set it aside until the milk comes to a boil.

  3. As soon as the milk starts to boil, remove it from the heat. Slowly pour about one half of the hot milk in a thin stream, into the egg mix, WHILE WHISKING CONSTANTLY to temper the egg mix. When the eggs have been tempered, add the egg mix back into the hot milk in the saucepan.

  4. Heat the custard base, over medium heat, while whisking vigorously until it starts to thicken - this should take about 2 - 5 minutes (depending on the heat level). 

  5. While whisking, let the custard release some bubbles (come to a boil gently). When the first bubbles break the surface, lower the heat to low and immediately add the bittersweet chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted. 

  6. Remove from the heat and add the butter. Whisk in the butter, until that too is completely mixed into the custard.

  7. Pour the custard into a bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap is touching the whole surface. This is to prevent a custard skin from forming on top.
  8. Let the custard cool down to room temperature and then let it chill in the fridge for a few hours, until it’s completely chilled.
  9. Use as needed after the chocolate pastry cream has been chilled. You may need to whisk the pastry cream to make it smooth again before use. 

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