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Addition Uses for creme patissiere other than in a choux

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Having a dinner party for 12 and need to cut down on the work from making a choux and thus tending to individual profiterols or eclairs so am trying to come up with a good idea to use the creme.

Only thing i can think of is....

Creme patissiere with berries and mint
any additional ideas?

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  1. Use it in the bottom of a cooked tart shell and then add fruit.

    1. a trifle

      1. The classic strawberry tart - pate sucreee shell, baked. Fill with chilled pastry cream. Arrange whole strawberries, upright, in concentric circles (or a mixture of fresh fruit like whole berries, kiwi slices, pineapple wedges). Use a red currant jelly glaze for all-berry tart, or a clear apple jelly glaze for mixed fruit. Make individual tartlets or a large one.

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        1. re: greygarious

          +1. Fruit tarts.

        2. You can serve it with cake. Fruit optional.

          1. +1 on the trifle or fruit tart - first ones that came to mind for quick & easy.

            for something a bit more labor-intensive, my mind immediately went to Torta Della Nonna...or Boston Cream Pie - you can make the components ahead of time and just assemble that morning.

            1. napoleans

              1. Gateau Basque. It's cherry season, you can make it ahead of time and its absolutely delicious.