Ask yourself two questions:
1. Do you like doughnuts?
2. Do you like cannoli’s?
If you answered yes to those two questions…
Meet the Cartoccio all Crema. In one word, it’s glorious.
I thought I had tried everything worth trying at the local Italian bakeries, but one day a few weeks ago, I noticed a tray of these cone-shaped pastries on the back counter. They looked sort of like doughnuts..I leaned in a little bit..and they seemed to have some cream filling..at this point I was about to fall over the counter, so I bit and took one home. W.O.W. The outside is a cinnamon sugar yeast doughnut rolled into a coronet shape. Light and fluffy complementing the crunchy sugar on the outside. Inside, it’s jam-packed with cannoli filling, in this case interspersed with chocolate chips. Again, WOW. How had I not encountered this before? I regretted my decision in buying only one..hoping that this was a regular item carried by the bakery. When there wasn’t even a sprinkle of sugar left, I even emailed a food-loving-friend of mine about this newly found glorious pastry. It’s a doughnut and cannoli in one!
A few days later, I frantically walked into the bakery trying not to sound too desperate as I explained the pastry to the woman behind the counter. You know, the cone-shaped pastry stuffed with cannoli filling – I swear it was RIGHT there..don’t you remember? How could you not remember a pastry as glorious as that?? After a few more descriptions, a light went off and she knew what I was talking about. Sadly they were out, but she said that they’d be making a few more and to check in with them a few days later. So I waited a few days..and tried the bakery again. YES! Cartoccio alla Crema, we meet again. This time, I bought two..you know..for photo-taking purposes…The girl behind the counter warned me not to go too overboard with these as the dough and cannoli cream might catch up to you. Ha! I must say, that was a first. Really, it’s just an extremely efficient pastry. Why eat two separate things, when you can combine them into one??