French Cooking Academy
500 ml / 2 cups full cream milk ( not fat reduced)
130 grams / 4.6 oz caster sugar (fine white sugar)
6 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean (fresh) seeds scraped
1 or 2 tablespoons of rhum or liquor of your choice like grand marnier(optional)
40 grams / 1.4 oz plain all purpose white flour
30 grams /1 oz corn starch (also called corn flour)
1 roll of store bought (or home made) puff pastry sheet
a bit of icing sugar to decorate at the end
Preheat your oven before starting and ideally pre cut your pastry rectangle as well.
Cooking time for the pastry around 15 minutes
at 200 degrees Celsius around 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Start by making the pastry cream then let it cool immediately while you cook the pastry . you can use the pastry cream soon as it is below room temperature .
if you want, you can cook the pastry sheet and make the pastry cream beforehand and do the assembly later. pastry cream loses its flavor quickly within 24 hours maximum.