How to make homemade cream horns

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How to make homemade cream horns
Cream horns are decadent desserts resembling cornucopias. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cream horns are those delectable little desserts seen at parties or bakeries that look like miniature cornucopias. They always look so perfect that someone would likely assume they could only be professionally made. Fortunately, for the cream horn aficionado, a short list of ingredients and a little practice with technique is all that's needed to make those luscious little desserts at home.

Things you need

  • Oven
  • Cooking spray, such as Pam
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough
  • Kitchen scissors or sharp knife
  • 8 metal cream horn cones
  • Air tight container
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • Whisk
  • Baking brush
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper sheets
  • Icing sugar
  • 237 ml (1 cup) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Pastry bag with decorative tip
  • Fresh fruit such as banana, pitted cherries, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries

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  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 204 degrees C (400 degrees F).

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Preheat the oven to 204 degrees C (400 degrees F). (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Grease the eight metal cream horn cones with a cooking spray.

  3. 3

    Thaw and cut the pastry dough into 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide strips with a knife or kitchen scissors. One at a time, roll one strip of dough around the metal horn cone, starting at the tip of the cone and then winding it around to the cone opening, slightly overlapping as you are winding.

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Cut the pastry dough into 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide strips. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Place the cones in an airtight container and freeze.

  5. 5

    Remove the cones from the freezer. Place them on a greased baking tray covered with a sheet of parchment paper.

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking tray. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  6. 6

    Mix the egg and water together with a whisk and then use a pastry brush to brush the egg onto each pastry. Lay the cones, seam side down, on the parchment paper and sprinkle icing sugar all over the cones. Bake them for 20 minutes or until browned. Remove from the oven and allow the horns to cool.

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Shake icing sugar onto the cones before baking. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  7. 7

    Whip the heavy whipping cream with the sugar with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form and set aside.

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Whip the whipping cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)
  8. 8

    Wash and prepare the fruit desired for the cream horns, slicing and removing seeds, etc. It is not necessary to use fruit if you choose not to.

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Wash and cut the fruit, if fruit is desired in the cream horns. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
  9. 9

    Remove the horns from the metal cones once the baked horns are cooled. Fill them with the whipping cream, squeezing it into the horns with a pastry bag. Once the horns are filled with cream, add the desired fruit to the top of the whipped cream.

    How to make homemade cream horns
    Use a pastry bag for the whipped cream. It is easier than spooning. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of whipping cream, try cheesecake filling, cannoli filling or even custard inside the cream horns. Replace the fruit with miniature chocolate chips or other small sweets of choice.

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