Italian Cream Stuffed Cannoncini

Italian Cream Stuffed Cannoncini are a delightful Italian pastry, known for their elegant appearance and irresistible taste. Picture a horn-shaped shell of golden, flaky puff pastry. This outer layer is delicately crispy, offering a satisfying crunch with each bite. It’s typically created from a thinly rolled puff pastry dough, which is then cut into strips and expertly wound around conical molds. These are then baked to a perfect golden brown, achieving a light and airy texture.

The real magic of Cannoncini lies in its filling – a rich and creamy Italian custard. This custard is usually made with a mixture of egg yolks, sugar, and milk, often flavored with vanilla or a hint of lemon to add depth. The result is a smooth, velvety cream that perfectly balances the crispness of the pastry. In some variations, the cream might be infused with chocolate, coffee, or even liqueur for an extra layer of flavor.

Once the pastry shells are cooled, they are piped full of this luscious cream, creating a wonderful contrast between the crunchy exterior and the soft, creamy interior. The ends of the Cannoncini may be dipped in chopped nuts or powdered sugar for additional texture and sweetness.

When served, these pastries are often accompanied by a dusting of powdered sugar on top, adding a final touch of elegance. The combination of textures and the richness of the cream make Italian Cream Stuffed Cannoncini a much-loved delicacy, perfect for special occasions or as a luxurious treat with a cup of coffee or tea. The experience of biting into one involves the initial crunch of the pastry, followed by the smooth, indulgent burst of the sweet cream, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that is truly delightful.


For the custard cream

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons (30 gr) of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 oz (235 ml) of milk

For the cannoncini

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted (about 8 oz, 225 gr)
  • 1/4 cup (50 gr) of sugar
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • powdered sugar to decorate


Start by preparing the custard cream (crema pasticcera):
Warm up the milk until hot (not boiling).
In a medium sized pan, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar, vanilla extract and flour, until light and fluffy.
Add the milk some at a time while whisking, making sure there are no lumps.
Place the pan over medium heat and stir continuously until it reaches a slow boil. The cream will thicken, so be careful not to let it stick to the bottom. Lower the flame and cook for a couple of more minutes, until you reach the desire thickness.
Pour the cream in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it cool down. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
For the pastry horns:
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Sprinkle some sugar on the counter and on top of the puff pastry and roll it out to a rectangle about 9 by 12 inches.
Cut into 12 stripes (about 1 inch thick). Easy way to do it: cut the pastry in three parts, and then each part into four strips.
Roll each strip onto a horn mold (conical in shape). The pastry has to overlap (about half of the length).
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with seem (end of the strip) side down.
Beat one egg with one tablespoon of water. Brush lightly each pastry cone with the egg wash.
Make sure you keep the egg wash away from the mold. It will make it harder to remove the pastry horn from the mold once baked.
Bake at 400°F (200 °C) for about 15-20 minutes until golden on top.
Let them cool down for a couple of minutes and gently remove from the mold. If the pastry sticks to the mold, you can press in the mold a little (to make the circumference smaller) and very gently turn it inside the pastry until it comes off.
Before serving, fill with the cream using a piping bag. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like, and enjoy!

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