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Custard filled sfogliatelle

A delicious Apulian dessert, typical of Mardi gras, filled with custard. Discover the recipe!

Custard filled sfogliatelle
150 grams sugar
vegetable oil
powdered sugar
4 yolks
35 grams cornstarch
500 grams flour
75 grams lard
250 milliliters whole milk
orange zest

Prepare the dough

Place 500 grams of flour on the work table and put at the centre 75 grams of sugar, a pinch of salt, 2 yolks , 75 grams of lard and start kneading the ingredients together. Once at a time add 180 milliliters of water and work the mixture until it is uniform. Afterwards, lay out the dough and fold it on itself for 3 times. Cover it with a cloth and leave it there to rest for 1 hour.

Prepare the custard

In a bowl whisk 2 yolks with the remaining sugar until obtaining a swollen mixture. Add the cornstarch and a pinch of vanillin, then while mixing the ingredients add 250 milliliters of milk. Cook the obtained cream, stirring it until it becomes thicker. Finally add the orange zest and leave it to cool down.


Roll out the dough for the sfogliatelle, cut many squares of about 10 cm and for each one put a bit of custard in the center. Fold them in half forming a triangle, seal them and fry them in hot vegetable oil. Strain the sfogliatelle using blotting paper and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Your custard filled sfogliatelle are ready!

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