Diplomat cream

Diplomat cream
Diplomat cream or "crème Madame" (a much prettier name) is one of many creams in French pâtisserie based on confectioner's custard. The classic confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream) has gelatin added while hot, then whipped cream is folded in when cold.

This gives a very light, velvety mixture, halfway between custard and Chantilly.
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Last modified on: October 30th 2019

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Diplomat cream
Soak 2 sheets gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes to soften.

Stage 2 - 30 min.
Diplomat cream
Prepare 350 g Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream) and at the end, when taken off the heat, add 30 g butter cut into small pieces. Mix well to incorporate.

Stage 3 - 1 min.
Diplomat cream
Then add the drained and dried gelatin...

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Diplomat cream
...and mix thoroughly.

Stage 5 - 1 hour
Diplomat cream
Cover with plastic film in contact with the surface of the custard to prevent it forming a skin.

Stand the pan in cold water to speed up cooling.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Diplomat cream
Meanwhile, prepare 200 g Chantilly cream and keep cold.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Diplomat cream
Once the confectioner's custard has cooled to room temperature, remove the plastic film and whisk vigorously to loosen it.

Fold in the whipped cream gently with a soft spatula.

Stage 8
Diplomat cream
Your diplomat cream is ready.
Just like the basic confectioner's custard, you can vary diplomat cream to suit your own taste: lemon, apple, pistachio, chocolate, etc.

In many recipes, the original confectioner's custard can be replaced with diplomat cream, for a better, lighter result. But do be warned: it will not survive being recooked.
Should be used the same day.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
926 Kcal or 3,877 Kj29 gr91 gr107 gr
46 %11 %9 %16 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
158 Kcal or 662 Kj5 gr15 gr18 gr
8 %2 %1 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 600 g : 3.46 €

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Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pear and lime meringue pie, Saint Honoré cake, Almond cream or frangipane, Chinois, Millefeuille, ... All
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rum babas, Key Lime Pie for Jeremy, St Tropez tart, Strawberry Charlotte, Cranachan, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Celeriac and sesame soup, Spinach and hard-boiled egg gratin, Caramelized apple "moelleux" cake, Lime confectioner's custard (pastry cream), Pan-fried cheese, egg and spinach toastie, ... All
GelatinGelatin: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Coconut-vanilla cream for Elsa , Black Forest gateau, Little vanilla, clementine and chestnut verrines, Panna cotta, Two-coloured chocolate-orange tart, ... All
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