Cannoncini alla Crema Pasticcera 

Cannoncini alla Crema Pasticcera, or Italian pastry horns filled with custard cream, are a delightful and elegant treat that combine the crispiness of puff pastry with the smooth, rich taste of custard cream. These pastry horns are a staple in Italian bakeries and a favorite at celebrations and gatherings. Making them at home is a fun project with a deliciously rewarding outcome. Here’s how you can bring this Italian delicacy to your kitchen.


For the Cannoncini:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

For the Crema Pasticcera (Custard Cream):

  • 2 cups (480 ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup (130g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch


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