Cream Puff Filling

In Joyful Encounters, Amanda and Joe suggested Cream Puffs to be added to the menu for the new Monastery Restaurant and Inn. I’m not sure which filling they decided on, but this simple custard was always a favorite in my home.

Cream Puff Filling

This was my mother's favorite filling. Old fashioned vanilla custard.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Egg Yolks Slightly Beaten
  • 2 Tbsp Butter or Margarine Softened
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. 

  2. Stir at least half of the hot mixture gradually into egg yolks. Stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. This is called tempering the yolks so they don't curdle.

  3. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in margarine or butter and vanilla; cool.

Recipe Notes

Custard can easily scorch. You need to stir constantly.

Once you see the concoction bubbling, the mixture thickens. Temper the yolks, add them back to cook for a minute, then remove from burner to add the butter/magarine and vanilla.

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