Can You Freeze Cream Filled Pastries?
I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but I think I'll get the right answer here.
I bought a large box of bakery pastries, most cream filled, some almond types, yesterday for our annual Easter dinner at my neice's house. Mini Cannolis, Napoleans, Zeppolis (the St. Joseph's Day kind), Lobster Claws, Crocettes, etc.
We got a phonecall this morning, that everyone there is sick. So, we're not going. And we have a box of 18 cannoli cream and regular cream filled pastries sitting in our fridge. My husband leaves on a business trip in the morning, and I, don't particularly enjoy these types of pastries.
We don't live close enough to anyone to just hand them out. I'd be happy to if we did! I can bring a few into work tomorrow but I'm in a very small office so I'll only be able to get rid of a few at the most.
So, I'm wondering if they "might" freeze? Somehow, I doubt it but I'm willing to try. I'll add, that my husband is NOT picky and probably won't complain about texture when unfrozen very much.
My husband will probably eat a couple of the better ones tonight/tomorrow before he flies out, but that still leaves me with 16 of them to figure out what to do with! Oh boy!
Ok, you both convinced me to try. I wrapped them up tightly in wax paper, since I've had good luck with that when freezing bagels and bialys. And then, in ziplock freezer bags. Squeezed out as much air as possible. We'll see what happens when they defrost...only time will tell!
I've never done it either, but one of my baking books says you can freeze eclairs and cream puffs for up to five days. The five day limit is because the pastries absorb flavors very easily and quickly. Don't know whether or not yours would as well, and you obviously want to freeze them for a longer period of time. I would wrap them very, very well--probably plastic wrap and aluminum foil and then in baggies with as little air as possible.