6 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Leftover Pastry Cream

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Pastry cream is a delicious dessert that can be used in a variety of ways.

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Whether you have leftover pastry cream or have just made some, there are lots of different ways to use it! Here are six ideas for what to do with leftover pastry cream.

How to store leftover pastry cream

Once you’ve used up all your leftover pastry cream and there’s nothing left to do with it, don’t throw it away! Store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can use up to 2 days after making the cream, but once you put it into storage, you need to keep the container covered without any air getting into it.

This will keep your pastry cream from becoming sour or spoiled.

If you want to make sure that your pastry cream lasts as long as possible (and be able to enjoy eating it for months), freeze it! Before doing this, be sure that all of the liquid has been mixed into the pastry cream so that no clumps are left behind.

Once frozen, thaw out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before using again on anything else like cakes or ice creams!

6 ideas for leftover pastry cream

Use pastry cream to fill sweet crepes

You can use pastry cream to fill sweet crepes.

To make the crepes, simply whisk a couple of eggs with 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of flour.

Whisk until smooth, then heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add some butter or another cooking oil.

Once it has melted, pour in some batter and swirl the pan around so that it coats the bottom evenly with batter.

Cook until browned on one side, flip over once golden brown on both sides (this will take about 2 minutes per side), then repeat with remaining batter.

To fill your crepes: Lay out your first crepe onto a plate (you can either plate them individually or stack them up—whatever you prefer!) Spoon some pastry cream into the center of each one then roll them up tightly like burritos! You could eat these plain or keep going with an optional topping—we recommend fruit such as strawberries or bananas (or even chocolate sauce).

Alternatively if you’re looking for something super light treat yourself to ice cream instead!

Make a fruit tart

Once you have your pastry cream, it’s time to make a fruit tart.

You can use any leftover crust from your homemade cheesecake, but I suggest using store-bought pastry dough for this recipe.

It will be easier for the kids and beginners!

Once you’ve rolled out the pastry dough into an even circle and fit it into a 10-inch tart pan, use a paring knife or pizza cutter to trim off any excess around the edge of the pan.

This will allow more room for filling and make it easier to transfer to the oven later on.

Next up: filling! Using an offset spatula (or spoon) spread 1⁄ 8 inch of flour onto your counter surface before pouring in some leftover pastry cream from earlier.

Then add sliced strawberries or other fruit—you can even add pineapples if you like those—and spread with another 1⁄ 8 inch layer of flour on top so everything doesn’t stick together too much when baking time comes along later on today’s agenda for lunchtime snacks.

Use pastry cream to fill profiteroles

The best way to use up leftover pastry cream is to fill profiteroles.

A profiterole is like a sweet doughnut, but it’s not fried—it’s baked.

It has a soft, pillowy interior and crunchy exterior that give it the best of both worlds.

Profiteroles are usually filled with pastry cream (or whipped cream), then topped with chocolate sauce or more whipped cream, but you can also serve them as-is.

They’re great for dessert or even breakfast!

Profiteroles are a great way to use up leftover pastry cream.

If you don’t have any, you can make some from scratch, but it’s not very hard to buy premade pastry cream in the store.

This recipe calls for vanilla bean paste—it’s just pulverized vanilla beans steeped in sugar and water until they’re soft; then you strain them out and use what’s left behind.

Top with berries for an elegant dessert

Pastry cream is the perfect ingredient to have on hand if you’re planning to make a dessert.

You can always make a tart, pie, or dessert that calls for pastry cream and top it with fresh berries for an elegant finish.

This will keep your leftover pastry cream from going bad and allow you to use it in new recipes.

If you want a fruit tart, try adding a layer of pastry cream between the crust and fruit filling instead of using whipped cream or ice cream as a topping.

You can also serve this type of tart in slices at parties because people won’t need utensils—they can eat it like cake!

Pastry cream is also a great addition to many different desserts.

You can use it as a filling for cakes, cupcakes and tarts.

It’s also delicious when used in coffee or tea drinks like lattes and cappuccinos!

Add in some fruit for fruity French toast

One of the best ways to use leftover pastry cream is as a filling for French toast.

All you need to do is add it in with some fruit and then cook up your favorite bread (or even store-bought).

This makes for a perfect breakfast or brunch treat and can be made in bulk so that you’ll have some on hand all week long.

If you want a versatile recipe that can be enjoyed year-round, try mixing up different kinds of fruits with your pastry cream.

Try using fresh berries like strawberries or blueberries, or opt for canned fruit such as bananas or peaches.

You could also make a tropical version by combining mangoes with pineapple! The possibilities are endless—just be sure not to overdo it—the flavors should complement each other nicely without being overpowering.

Try it as a banana split topping

Banana Split: Top a banana split with leftover pastry cream, chopped nuts and whipped cream.

Milkshake: Use leftover pastry cream as a substitute for ice cream in milkshakes and malts.

Sundae: Top hot fudge sundaes with leftover pastry cream; serve by placing the scoop of ice cream on a plate and drizzling warm cherry sauce over it before adding your topping so that it melts into the warm cherry sauce.


We hope you’ve found some inspiration to use up those leftover pastry creams in the kitchen.

Remember, there are many ways to go about this! It all depends on your personal taste and preference.

What do you think? Which idea did we miss? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below!