Hoping you can help! I have a bride that wants bavarian cream filling. I've seen a couple of recipes that call for Pastry Pride but I've never heard of it - must not be sold in Canada?
Anyway, if anyone has a great Bavarian cream recipe that would be great!
Also I've heard of people using sleeves of bavarian cream as it can sit out - but I've never seen that in Canada either! Do you know how long I could leave the cake out with the regular bavarian cream?
i do have a recipe from martha stewar for pastry cream. it's what i put in cream puffs if you want it pm me and i'll get it for you.
i did buy a sleeve of it through countrykitchensweetart.com
haven't used that one yet though.
I use the sleeves of bavarian creme from the cake decorating store. You can find this on-line as well. In a pinch, the taste and texture is very much like Snack Pack vanilla pudding, and I have used this as well.
I've used the Bavarian Cream recipe from The Cake Bible, and it is pretty stable, but you wouldn't want to leave it out for *too* long.
I can post it here if you want.
Real Bavarian cream is made from egg yolks and fresh cream with the addition of gelatin. The ingredients make it essential that the cake remains refrigerated. If I were you I would speak to the bride regarding the plans for the reception. If the cake is likely to be sitting out in the heat I would go for something that does not have to be refrigerated. If you want a recipe for Bavarian cream let me know, I have one I really like.
One point though - is the sleeved Bavarian cream and pudding for that matter OK to sit out once it is opened? I know these things are heat treated so they have a long shelf life unopened but once exposed to air I would think the fillings would be much the same as fresh fillings? Correct me if I am wrong please.
I think I've left it too long to order from the States and hope it gets here on time.
If you could post the Cake Bible recipe, that would be great. So "too long" would be a couple of hours? I could always ask what she thinks of the vanilla pudding option.
Thanks so much for your quick replies!!
We use the pack of Bavarian cream..and it sits out well for a few days
I'll post the recipe I've used in wedding cakes. For any of my wedding cakes, they are in the refrigerator until they go in the car for delivery, and they are delivered no more than about 60-90 minutes before the ceremony or reception. How long they sit at the reception depends on the bride, I suppose, but I've never had any problems this way. Just remind them that they are cream-filled and need to not sit out for 6 hours outside in summer heat, and to refrigerate any leftovers promptly.
This makes 5 cups. I have a note that showed 1/2 batch was enough to fill an 8" round, three-layer cake.
Vanilla Bavarian Cream:
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 TB gelatin (this is more than 1 envelope)
5 large egg yolks
1-2/3 cups milk
1 vanilla bean, split (or 1 ts vanilla extract--if using extract, add it after the sauce is cool)
1 cup heavy cream
Refrigerate the mixing bowl for whipping the cream. Have ready a fine strainer near the range, suspended over a small mixing bowl.
In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, salt, gelatin, and yolks until well blended with a wooden spoon.
In another small saucepan or heatproof glass measure (if using a microwave), heat the milk and vanilla bean to boiling point. Stir a few TB into the yok mixture, then gradually add the remaining milk and vanilla bean, stirring constantly. Heat this mixture, stirring constantnly, to just before the boiling point (170-180 degrees F). Steam will begin to appear and the mixture will be slightly thicker than heavy cream. It will leave a well define track when a finger is run across the back of a spoon. Immediately remove from the heat and pour into the strainer, scraping up the thickened cream that settles on the bottom of the pan. Remove the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out into the sauce, stir to combine.
In the chilled bowl whip the cream until it mounds softly when dropped from a spoon; refrigerate this.
Cool the sauce in an ice water bath, stirring with a wire whisk until whisk marks barely begin to appear. The mixture will start to set around the edges but will still be very liquid. Whisk in the liquid vanilla at this point, if using. Fold in the whipped cream until just incorporated. The mixture will be soupy like melted ice cream. Remove at once from the water bath and pour into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Note: It will be very firm when chilled, so I always just sort of *slice* parts of it out of the bowl and place them on the cake layers inside an icing dam, when using it for filling--I've never piped it; it's too firm.