How to Make Custard

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Making custard involves tempering eggs and thickening the mixture by using cornstarch. You’ll need to let the custard chill for 2 hours before using. We’ll be making custard filling that can used for a variety of desserts including Danishes, Mille Feuille, or cakes.

What ingredients do you need to make custard

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 cups milk
How to Make Custard Danish

How to Make Custard Filling from Scratch

  1. Cut the vanilla bean down the center to expose the vanilla beans inside. Remove all of the vanilla beans in the pod and place in your milk in a saucepan. Put the entire vanilla bean into the saucepan as well.
  2. Heat the milk until simmering. Do not boil the milk. A simmer will look like very tiny air bubbles in the milk. As soon as the milk comes to a simmer, remove the saucepan from the heat source.
  3. Let the vanilla bean infuse flavor into the milk for 15 minutes.
  4. While your vanilla bean is steeping, prepare your egg yolks. Separate your eggs by cracking the egg in half, over a bowl to catch the egg whites. Holding the 2 halves in each hand, then transfer the egg yolk to each half egg shell until all of the egg white is removed. Place the egg yolks into a heat proof bowl.
  5. Add cornstarch and sugar to the egg yolks. Whisk the mixture until the dry ingredients are fully dissolved.
  6. Once the warm milk is done steeping, remove the vanilla bean. Gently and gradually add a couple of tablespoons of warm milk to the egg mixture. Whisk the mixture vigorously as you add the milk. The goal is to not cook the eggs.
  7. Once you’re finished adding the warm milk, strain the mixture and place back into the saucepan. You can put a sifter or strainer over top of the saucepan and then pour the egg/milk mixture through the strainer to remove any cooked eggs.
  8. Place the saucepan back onto the heat source and warm on medium heat.
  9. Whisk the mixture continuously. Heat the mixture until you feel the resistance of the custard. The cornstarch will activate and create a very thick mixture.
  10. When you feel the custard thicken, cook for 1 more minute.
  11. Remove the saucepan from the heat, let it cool a little.
  12. Add 1 tbsp of butter to the saucepan and whisk together.
  13. Place a plastic film on the custard to prevent a skin from forming.
  14. Once the saucepan has cooled enough to go in the fridge, chill for 2 hours before using.

How long is custard good for

Custard is good for 3 days in the fridge, or up to 1 month in the freezer.

How do you thicken custard

Custard is thickened by adding cornstarch to the egg yolks. Cornstarch is activated by heat and makes the custard have a gelatin texture to it. The custard is thickened and creates a creamy, luscious mixture.

Why your custard isn’t thickening

If you don’t heat the milk/egg mixture enough, your custard won’t thicken. You will feel the resistance of the custard when it thickens. Keep heating your mixture and whisk until you feel the custard coming together.

How to Make Custard

How to make custard without custard powder

Custard powder has cornstarch and vanilla flavoring in it’s contents and is used for creating custard or pudding.

To make custard without custard powder, you’ll want to use corn starch, vanilla extract or vanilla beans, and egg yolks to thicken your custard.

How to Make a Custard Danish

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  1. Make your Danish pastry dough. You can use puff pastry dough or croissant dough for your Danishes.
  2. Roll the dough out until it’s about 1/5″ thickness. You don’t want to squish the layers of the laminated dough. These layers are important for your pastry in order for it to turn out. Go slow, and be patient when rolling out your Danish pastry dough.
  3. Cut the dough into sections. You can make pastries about 5″ wide.
  4. Cut your pastries and shape your dough.
  5. Fill the pastry will custard. You can use any type of custard you like. We recommend our Danish Pastry Filling. It’s a vanilla bean custard that goes perfectly with custard Danishes.
  6. Proof the Danishes at room temperature for 2 hours. The Danishes will start to expand.
  7. Bake the Danishes for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  8. Serve the Danishes right away, or you can let them cool to room temperature. Feel free to add a small touch of icing overtop of the pastry by creating lines with your icing.
  9. Store the Danishes in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Danishes are best eaten fresh, the same day they are baked.
How to Make Custard Danish

14 Types of Danish pastries

  • Strawberry Danish
  • Blueberry Danish
  • Blackberry Danish
  • Raspberry Danish
  • Rhubarb Danish
  • Cream cheese Danish
  • Ham and Cheese Danish
  • Almond Danish
  • Vanilla Danish
  • Espresso Danish
  • Marzipan Danish
  • Chocolate Danish
  • Cinnamon Danish
  • Apple Danish
14 Types of Danish pastries

Danish pastry making

Danish pastry making involves making a yeast dough and laminating butter in between the layers of dough. The dough must rest periodically, and cannot be rushed. The dough is chilled in between creating the layers of butter, as to not make the dough too warm. If the pastry is too warm, the butter will come through the dough. Since this is a delicate process, the time it takes to create Danish pastries can be up to 3 days. The filling must also be made ahead of time and chilled before using.

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6 Classic Danish Pastry Shapes

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How to make 6 different pastry shapes for Danishes. Danishes can be shaped using puff pastry dough or croissant dough.

Danishes can be filled using jam, pastry cream or custard, cream cheese filling, etc.

All of our Danish pastry shapes are able to be filled with your favorite fillings.

danish pastry shape ideas

Pastry shape ideas

How to make a curled shaped Danish pastry

  1. Cut a rectangular shape of pastry dough ~ 2″x4″.
  2. Fill the center will jam or custard.
  3. Pinch 2 opposing pastry dough together to create the curled Danish

How to make a butterfly shaped Danish pastry

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut 2 small triangles on opposing sides of the square.
  3. From the edge of the triangle you just cut, slice the pastry at an angle to create a point. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Fill the centers with custard.
  5. Fold the pastry over the custard downward on one side.
  6. Fold the pastry over the custard upward on one side.
  7. Pinch the ends of the point together.

How to make a duchess Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut the square 1 inch from the edges of the square giving a 1 cm border.
  3. Continue cutting into an angle shape.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Fill the center with custard.
  6. Fold the cut corner over the pastry.
  7. Fold the other cut corner over to the other side.

How to make a windmill Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut 4 slices into the pastry starting at the points. Leave a 1″x1″ box in the center for the filling.
  3. Fold the corner of one of the points into the center.
  4. Fold all of the corners into the center.
  5. Fill the center with custard.

How to make an envelope Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Fold the corner of one of the 4 points into the center.
  3. Continue folding each corner into the center of the pastry.
  4. Fill the center with custard.

How to make a center filled Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut 2 pieces of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut a circle in the center of one of pieces of pastry.
  3. Remove the circle.
  4. Place the cut pastry on top of the square pastry.
  5. Fill the circle with custard.

How long to bake Danish pastries for

Bake Danish pastries for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Cool Macaron Designs

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Macarons can be one of the most special and thoughtful gifts you can give someone. They can be customized to represent a theme or special occasion.

Here are some ideas for your next macaron batch.

Heart Macarons

You can make some personalized macarons by creating heart shapes using your macaron batter. Use your piping tip made one diagonal line, then continue and make another diagonal line. Use a toothpick to manipulate the batter into the heart sharp you’re wanting. You can use the toothpick to make more of a point at the bottom of the heart, and to join the intersecting batter to mold the heart together.

cool macaron designs

Teddy Bear Macarons

To make the bear macaron design, make your initial circle the head. Be sure to have enough room above the head to create 2 smaller circles for the ears.

Next, put another circle below the head for the body. Add 2 more smaller circles beside it for the arms.

Add the feet by adding 2 more circles on the bottom of the body circle. Remove the air bubbles from the macaron.

Let the bear dry for 15 minutes. Add the final nose circle. Only add a small amount of batter for the nose. A little goes a long way.

Bake the macarons and let them come to room temperature.

To create the bear design, make 2 small circles for the eyes using an edible marker.

Add an upside down triangle onto the nose piece. Make 2 lines of opposing fish hooks underneath that.

This creates a cool macaron design of a teddy bear. You can use this design for kids or birthday celebrations.

cool macaron designs

Honey Bee Bear Macaron

To make the bear design, add 2 small circles onto your regular circular macaron.

Once the macaron has baked and cooled, you’re ready to add the 2 circles for the eyes. Above the circles add 2 semi circles for eye brows.

Add 1 nose circle a bit below the eyes in the center of the macaron.

You can continue the design by adding a sideways teardrop on its face. Add 2 smaller teardrops for wings.

Add a couple of lines on the body and a circle for the eye of the bee.

Finally, add small lines for the path of the bee.

Bee Macaron

To make the large bee macaron, make the macaron a teardrop shape.

Then add the wings of the bee overtop of the body.

Using a toothpick, make a point at the end of the bee macaron for a stinger.

Bake the macarons and let them cool.

Spread melted white chocolate over the wings in a sweeping motion. This creates the wings center that pushes the white chocolate into the center of the wing making it more eye catching.

Add 2 antennae to the bee macaron by adding 2 semi circles side by side. Add 2 circles on the end of the semicircles on the top.

Write 1 circle for the eye close to the edge of the macaron.

Add 2-3 stipes. One black stripe should be at the end of the macaron for the stinger.

How to Make Character Macarons

Truck Macaron

Begin by making a box shape with your macaron batter. Add a small rectangle on top for the cab of the truck macaron.

Add 2 circles on top of the bottle rectangle for the wheels.

Sprinkle a bit of cookie crumbs on the edge of the larger rectangle. This gives the look of carrying dirt in the truck bed.

Bake the truck macarons and let them cool.

Add the final designs of the truck by coloring wheels, tracing the outside of the macaron, and making a window.

This unique macaron design is sure to impress your guests.

How to Begin Decorating Macarons

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Macarons can be decorated in countless ways by:

  • painting
  • drawing
  • buttercream frosting
  • caramel drizzle
  • chocolate drizzle
  • sprinkles
  • coffee granules
  • cookie crumbs

How to decorate macarons with sprinkles

Macarons can be decorated with sprinkles right after piping the batter and removing the air bubbles.

Since the batter is sticky while it’s awaiting drying, the sprinkles will adhere to the macaron batter.

Only put a few sprinkles on the macaron, and they should be quite small. Large sprinkles have the risk of melting in the oven and ruining the macaron shells.

How to decorate macarons with sprinkles

How to decorate macarons with coffee or cookie crumbs

You can decorate macarons with coffee or cookie crumbs by sprinkling a couple of granules on the macaron as soon as they are done piping and have had the air bubbles removed. The cookie crumbs and coffee will stick well to the macaron batter.

You can also put 1 tbsp of coffee or cookie crumbs directly into the dry ingredients when making macaron batter. This will give the macaron shells a hint of flavor.

How to decorate macarons with coffee or cookie crumbs

How to decorate macarons with paint

To decorate macarons with paint, you can use:

Once you have selected the type of coloring you want to decorate your macarons with, add only a couple of drops of almond extract.

Adding the almond extract thins out the coloring to be able to use it to paint on the macaron.

You’ll also need a food grade paint brush to paint the coloring on the macaron.

Dip the bristles into the paint and then gently put the paint on the macaron. The shells are prone to damaging easily, so don’t use too much force to put the pain on the macaron.

You can use a couple of colors to really decorate the macaron beautifully.

How to decorate macarons with paint

How to decorate macarons with a marker

To decorate macarons with a marker, you’ll want to use a marker that is food grade.

Use an edible marker to create cool macaron designs to really enhance the look of your macarons.

You can use different colors of markers to color coordinate a theme to your macarons. You can also use markers for color contrast against the color of your macaron.

Another way to draw on macarons is by writing special words on your macarons. You can write anything from “Happy Birthday” to “Baby” to give them a bit of a special look to them.

How to decorate macarons with buttercream or royal icing

To decorate your macarons with buttercream or royal icing, you’ll want to make sure your icing is fairly stiff. You want the icing to be able to hold its shape on the macaron.

Select the piping tip you want to use. If you want to do some writing or thin lines, you’ll want to select tip #2.

You can pipe the icing directly on the macaron. For buttercream icing, you’ll want to keep the macarons separated from each other. The icing will not harden like royal icing will.

You can pipe designs such as flowers, leaves, trees, etc. to add decoration to your macarons.

How to add caramel or chocolate drizzle to macarons

To add caramel or chocolate drizzle, place your macarons on a large plate. Put the caramel or chocolate into a piping bag, fitted with #2 piping tip. The flow will come fast, you won’t even need to squish the bag for the flow to come out. Make one line on 1 half of the macaron. Continue making 2 more lines that criss cross a little to have an elastic band look to it.

You can add nuts or sprinkles to the drizzle to make it a little more special.

How to Make Lemon Frosting

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Lemon frosting is best made with fresh lemon juice and lemon rind. Lemon frosting should be both sweet and have a bit of tartness to it.

Lemon frosting is very flavorful, and is nicely paired with foods like vanilla cupcakes, macarons, etc.

How to make lemon frosting

To make lemon frosting, cream 1/3 cup room temperature butter on high until light and fluffy.

Slowly add 1 cup of icing sugar to the butter. Beat on low while it’s mixing together.

Add 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp of lemon rind. You can add the full amount of lemon rind you get from a whole lemon. The lemon rind releases tart lemon flavor giving it a flavor punch. It will really elevate the lemon frosting.

Add 1/3 cup icing sugar to thicken up the icing.

Taste test the icing and see if you like the thickness. If you need it thicker, add a small amount (1-2tbsp) of icing sugar. If you need the icing a bit thinner, add more lemon juice 1 tsp at a time.

If your icing is a bit too tart for your liking, you can add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract which will counteract the lemon flavor and tone it down so it’s a bit more creamy.

Making lemon frosting is simple and easy, but make sure you adjust it to your liking. You can make your icing as thick as you want it for cupcakes, or a bit thinner for piping on macarons.

How to make lemon frosting

Can you use lemon extract instead of lemon juice

You can use lemon extract instead of lemon juice. Use about 1/16-1/8 of a tsp of lemon extract to your frosting.

How do you make yellow icing

To make your icing yellow, you can add

  • 1/8-1/4 powdered yellow food coloring
  • a small bit of yellow gel food coloring on the end of a toothpick
  • 3-8 drops of liquid yellow food coloring

If you’re using liquid yellow food coloring, add 3 drops initially and mix together. Only add 1 extra drop at a time and mix together to make sure you don’t overdo the coloring.

If your icing becomes too thin using liquid food coloring, add 1-2 tbsp of icing sugar to your icing to thicken it up to your liking.

How to Draw on Macarons

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To draw on macarons, you can use an edible marker to make designs on macarons.

How to draw on macarons

Edible markers come in various colors, not just black.

Black is the most versatile color, that can be used on any bright colored macarons.

Darker macarons are more difficult to draw on, even if you have a light colored marker. I would recommend painting macarons instead of drawing on macarons for dark colored macarons.

You need to be quite gentle when drawing on macarons, because you do not want to pierce the shell.

You can draw a ton of different designs on macarons including writing words to customize the theme of your macarons.

You can make characters with your macarons first, and then add the details by drawing with your edible marker after.

You’ll want to make the shells, fill the macarons, and then draw on the macaron shells. Usually you would only want to draw on one side of the macaron. Have the drawn side up when displaying for your guests.

How to draw on macarons

How to Paint on Macarons

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You can paint on macarons using either powdered food coloring or gel food coloring with a couple of drops of almond extract.

How to Paint on Macarons

Using a food safe paint brush gently paint on your macaron. You don’t want to use too much almond extract. If you pour too much, the color will be more like watercolor paint.

If you just use a little almond extract, the color will be strong and easily painted on the macaron. The color will not run.

For any other further designs, you can draw on your macarons using edible markers.

When painting on macarons, make sure you have let the shells fully cool, then fill the macarons.

After you’ve filled all of your macarons, you’re ready to paint on your designs.

Uses of Vanilla in Food

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Vanilla can be used to flavor many different types of foods. Vanilla is a light, creamy flavor, that can be added to many baked foods.

5 Recipes that use vanilla extract

Vanilla extract can be added to anything from smoothies to cakes. Here are a few recipes to try out with your vanilla extract.

Vanilla extract uses in cooking

You can add vanilla extract to food batters such as:

  • waffle batter
  • crepe batter
  • pancake batter

You don’t need a lot of vanilla extract, a little goes a long way. Use about 1 tsp at a time until you’re happy with the flavoring.

One recipe to try cooking is raspberry vanilla cream crepes. Vanilla is infused into a cream sauce which fills the crepes with a hint of vanilla. The crepes are then topped with raspberries for a punch of flavor.

List of 10 vanilla bean desserts

There are a ton of recipes to use vanilla beans with. Vanilla beans can be used for their vanilla beans inside of their pod, or the pod itself can be used to infuse flavor. When making foods like ice cream, custard, or syrups, the vanilla bean pod is used. Otherwise, only the vanilla beans are used for foods like scones, frosting, and cupcakes.

How to use vanilla extract in coffee

Vanilla extract can be used in coffee by infusing vanilla extract into a simple syrup.

Using a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water (1 cup each works well), cook the sugar syrup over medium heat in a saucepan until it thickens in about 8-10 minutes.

Remove the syrup from the heat and it cool down for awhile.

Add the vanilla extract and mix well.

Alternatively, you can use a sliced vanilla bean and cook the vanilla bean into the syrup.

Then add the extract after it has cooled down.

The vanilla bean will release vanilla beans into the coffee syrup.

The vanilla coffee syrup will be smooth, decadent, and a lovely addition to your morning coffee. Use anywhere from 1 tsp – 1 tbsp of syrup.

The syrup will not last very long. The syrup will stay good for about 14 days.

How is Vanilla Made

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How are Vanilla Beans Made

Vanilla beans are made from vanilla plants that grow up to 30 meters long. Vanilla plants are climbing plants, and usually climb up wooden trellises.

Vanilla bean plants have specific growing conditions that include having high humidity, warm temperatures, and indirect sunlight.

Vanilla plants flower periodically, and are only available for 24 hours to be pollinated. Farmers are actively watching their vanilla plants for any signs of flowering due to this short window of pollination.

Vanilla must be hand pollinated due to the unavailability of natural pollinators in these humid and warm environments. The pollinators needed for vanilla are only available in Mexico.

Once vanilla is pollinated, it can mature on the vine for up to 2 months. After the coloring of the vanilla bean pod is dark, it’s time to harvest the vanilla.

Vanilla goes through a processing of curing for the following 3 months. It involves drying out the pods and creating a high moisture environment. Gourmet vanilla beans have 30-35% moisture within them.

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How is vanilla extract made

Vanilla extract is made by first cutting open the vanilla bean pods. The vanilla beans are placed into a jar and then it is filled with vodka.

The vodka is then infused with vanilla flavoring. It takes about 6-12 months to get a good flavoring of vanilla extract.

Every week the jar is shaken to release more flavor from the vanilla pod into the vodka creating vanilla extract.

How to use vanilla beans

How is imitation vanilla made

Imitation vanilla is made from a byproduct of a papermaking manufacturer. Wood contains “lignin” which is used to create vanillin synthetically. Lignin is chemically treated into making vanillin. Vanillin is the flavoring used in imitation vanilla.

Where does vanilla come from

Vanilla comes from mainly Madagascar (40%) and Indonesia (30%). The remaining 30% is produced by Mexico, Reunion Island, and Comoro Islands.

How do you use a vanilla bean instead of extract

To use a vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract, you’ll want to cut open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds. The seeds can be placed directly into your recipe. If you’re wanting to infuse more vanilla into your wet ingredients or are making foods like custard or ice cream, you can place the whole vanilla pod into the recipe. Once the flavor has seeped out of the vanilla pod, you can remove the vanilla pod and continue on with your recipe.

Where does artificial vanilla flavoring come from

How long is a vanilla bean

A vanilla bean is usually 10-15 cm in length. Gourmet vanilla beans are usually 6-8 inches long.

How many vanilla beans in a pod

There are thousands of vanilla beans in a single vanilla bean pod.