Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thai Spring Cream Rolls

Tonight I made Veeda's Thai Spring Rolls for dinner. Here are the wrappers you use for spring rolls; they're thinner and larger than egg roll wrappers and quite light.

I ran out of filling with two spring roll wrappers left. I didn't want to throw them away, so I opened the fridge to see if there was some fruit I might fold into the wrappers for a fun treat. All thoughts of fruit flew out of my head when my eyes landed on the vanilla pastry cream I'd accidentally* made the night before.

I spooned the cold vanilla cream onto the pastry and rolled up the wrapper. I carefully sealed the edges as I went with egg white because compromising the border could lead to mass chaos in the pan.

And then I fried those suckers for a minute or two in the hot leftover oil.

France met Thailand in a sinful tumble.

Oh, man. Crispy and smooth.


They were unbelievable.


Make a vanilla pastry cream:
2 cups milk
1 split vanilla bean
2/3 cup sugar
4 TBL cornstarch
Dash salt
6 egg yolks
Boil milk and vanilla, remove and let steep. Strain bean out of egg. Beat yolks and sugar 'til ribbon forms. Add cornstarch. Slowly add hot milk and return to stove and cook until thick.
Cool it thoroughly.
Spoon cream into spring roll wrappers. Roll and seal with brushed egg white. Fry until golden.

*Yes. I know, I'm the only person you know who accidentally makes pastry cream. I used a vintage French cookbook from the famous LenĂ´tre. The recipes are plain with very little to distinguish them. I'd been making a Bavarian cream for a dessert that cjane and I were due to assemble, when the pages flipped and I didn't notice. Just like


Rachel in the famous beef-peas-onions-cake-trifle, I started one recipe and finished another. The ingredients were almost the same except one had cornstarch and one didn't, plus or minus some prep steps. So I put the pastry cream into the fridge and started the Bavarian cream over (6 MORE egg yolks.)


Heather said...

As a "Friends" freak, I just needed to point out that it was actually Rachel who made the beef trifle. Joey is merely the only one ate it and enjoyed. :)

This accidental creation looks delicious.

annily said...

i might die if i can't have these right now.

Queen Scarlett said...


"It tastes like feet!"

Also a Friends freak... totally a Rachel thing. ;-)

Vanessa said...

oh REALLY now...going on the list. The recipe don't worry.

Rynell said...

I love that you accidentally made pastry cream.

I'm going to have to make this.

Veeda said...

Yay! I want to eat your dessert spring rolls right now. I love spring roll wrappers. Just about anything would taste good fried in them.

ali said...

ok, I was doing fine until I saw the cross section picture with the filling! (insert longing groan here)

I totally love that you made that mistake