Italian Pastry Cream prepared and served in a Ruffoni Opus Cupra Saucepan

Homemade Pastry Cream from scratch

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Crema pasticcera (pastry cream) is a delectable Italian sweet cream with a subtle hint of vanilla flavor, typically used as a filling for tarts, pastries, cakes, cornetti (croissants), and bignè (choux pastry puffs).

For many Italians, it is also a cherished childhood memory — an echo of afternoons spent with nonne (grandmas) who would whip up the best merenda (snack) in a second: a freshly made bowl of warm pastry cream to be savored by the spoonful.

Indeed, it's that simple: you'll need only 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes to prepare pastry cream from scratch. And once you’ve tried the authentic version, you’ll never go back to the store-bought one. 

Pastry cream prepared and served in a Ruffoni Opus Cupra SaucepanA delicious, homemade crema pasticcera is the perfect filling for fruit tarts!


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Famiglia Ruffoni

In the Ruffoni family, cooking is the language of love.
Many of our most cherished memories are linked to cooking and eating together and, even when physically apart, we always discuss old family recipes, share newly discovered ingredients and techniques, and show off our culinary creations through texts and video calls.

In this blog we share the simple, delicious recipes of the Italian heritage – as they have been handed down through generations of Ruffoni – along with our thoughts (and rants!) on all things copper.