Pastry Cream Filled Fillo Shells


Over the next few days I am going to share some fun recipes. These recipes would be great for anytime, but I think they would be especially great for a little tea party. My mother-in-law does one every year for all the girls. We all come dressed up with hats and gloves are optional. It would be a fun thing to do while the kids are out for summer and this recipe is easy enough that you could even involve the kids with making it.


I have never made anything with fillo dough before and have seen these cute mini fillo shells made by Athens at the grocery store. I’ve been wanting to try them. The beauty of these little babies is all you have to do is fill them, no baking required. You could fill them with a seafood salad or chicken salad to have a savory dish. I wanted to make something sweet so I made some chocolate pastry cream and put a strawberry slice on top. Now the pastry cream will make more than enough to fill a package of these mini fillo shells. You could probably use 2 packages for 1 recipe of pastry cream of just put the extra pastry cream in a couple of custard cups. I can totally eat this pastry cream by itself.


Pastry Cream Filled Fillo Shells

1 large box instant chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
fruit for garnish (such as mandarin oranges cut in half, raspberries, strawberry slices, banana slices, etc)

In a large bowl combine pudding, milk, and whipping cream. Mix together by hand using a wire whisk. Mix well to ensure a smooth mix. When the pudding starts to set, it is finished and needs to be used immediately. Place filling into a large zip lock bag or pastry bag. Squeeze out extra air and seal the top. If using zip lock bag, cut a hole, to fit into the hole in the pastry, in one corner of the bag. Pipe filling into each fillo shell. (This filling with thicken as you chill the pastries)

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11 comments on “Pastry Cream Filled Fillo Shells

  • They sound great! Can these be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge?

  • Great post! I was on the lookout for recipes that go well with tea to link to from a blog I work on. A link to this post been included in today's post on Old Fashioned Tips! http://oldtips.blogspot.com/2009/08/friday-recipes-tea-treats.html 🙂

  • Very pretty!

  • OH and where do I find these shells in the store??

  • Thanks for pointing that out Crystal. I fixed it.

  • In the ingredients it shows milk but I dont see in the directions how it is used?? it just says pudding and whipping cream??

  • Love them! Try doing this!
    FILLO DOUGH SHELLS
    Tarts and Tartlets:
    Layer and butter three or four sheets of dough. Lightly spray a muffin tin (mini or standard size) Cut dough in rounds or squares a inch or so wider that the muffin cups. (Dough squares will form a fluted-edge tart.) Place the dough in the tins, pressing carefully so that the dough fits snugly in the cups. Spray with oil or brush with butter and bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until light golden color. Fill as desired.

  • I just found your blog and can I just say I love it! You have so much great stuff to make and that I want to try! Those little puff pastries ~ darling! I tried the mountian dew cake last night ~ yummy! Am having the taco salad things tonight! You're just awesome! I have a recipe blog that I just have for myself ~ believe me no one goes there, just a place I can keep all these yummy recipes in one place, but I put the recipe for the mountain dew cake on there and linked back to you! I just wanted to make sure that was ok, and if I post future recipes there too! I so appreciate you sharing all you do! Have a great day!!

  • I use Fillo shells to make a awesome desert. Dark chocolate gauche with white chocolate shavings…yummmm

  • Thank you for this recipe. I accidently bought filo shells instead of the sheets. I've been wondering what I could make that the whole family might enjoy. This sounds perfect.

  • I LOVE these and use them all the time for parties..you can do something as simple as two kinds of yogurt (half and half) for brunch and people devour them. Great site!

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