Recipe by Dee514
This recipe makes a good pastry cream which can be used in many desserts and pastries. Lemon, orange or rum flavoring may be substituted for the vanilla if you prefer. If you add some chopped chocolate (or mini chocolate chips) to the pastry cream, it makes a yummy filling for cannoli shells, Cannoli Shells. Prep time does not include chilling time.
Top Review by MooseCall
Oops, this didn't turn out right for me! I was going to make my own filling for donuts, but it turns out watery. I followed the recipe without any substitution and it looked like it was going to work when I first toke it off the heat. But after refrigerating it, the cornstarch must have sunken to the bottom and it looked like a cloudy mess. I don't really know what went wrong though! It smelled good when i was cooking it. Sorry :(
- 1 quart whole milk
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 1 dash cinnamon (omit cinnamon if using citrus or other flavors)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix first 4 ingredients in a large pan until well blended and sugar is almost dissolved.
- Place pan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until it comes to the boil.
- Continue to simmer, stirring constantly while simmering, until very thick (about 5- 10 minutes).
- Remove from heat and add vanilla (or your choice of flavoring).
- Pour mixture into bowl and cover surface directly with waxed paper or plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming.
- Refrigerate several hours to overnight.
- To use pastry cream to fill[recipe=40291]cannoli shells[/recipe]: Chop 1 regular size Hershey chocolate bar and add bits to cooled (pastry cream) mixture.
- Fill cannoli shells by piping mixture into shell using a pastry bag, or use a long-handled iced tea spoon.
- Dip ends of filled cannoli into toasted, sliced or crushed almonds or crushed pistachio nuts or finely minced chocolate bits.
- Sprinkle top of shells lightly with powdered sugar (recipe will fill about 16 shells depending on their size).