Ginger Pastry Cream (for Doughnut Filling)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 cups
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1 cup sugar

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger 

3 cups milk 

9 large egg yolks 

6 tablespoons cornstarch 

1 teaspoon ground ginger 


  1. Combine the sugar and crystallized ginger in a food processor and process until very fine.
  2. Bring the milk to a bare simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch and ground ginger together in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the hot milk mixture, taking care not to scramble the eggs. Return the mixture to the suacepan and cook over medium heat until very thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, straining if necessary to remove any chunks. Stir in the crystallized ginger mixture, then cover with a sheet of plastic wrap pressed directly against the surface of the pastry cream to keep a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Beat the pastry cream in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth before using.

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