The Turkish Head is similar to a large cream- or ricotta-filled cream puff linked to the confectionery tradition of the famous town of Scicli, in the Ragusano area but is at least three times the size of a classic cream puff.
Turkish heads are linked to the ancient memory of the victory of the Christians over the Turks in 1091 by Roger of Altavilla.
Its shape, in fact resembles a Turban, the typical headdress of the Turks.
There are no real shapes or molds to make it, its shape is obtained with the help of a star-shaped sac à poche.
INGREDIENTS for the fried PASTRY DOUGH
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/8 cups of flour
- 1/4 cup of corn oil
Mound flour on a flat surface and form a well or place the flour in a bowl.
Break the egg into the well or bowl and mix until the flour and egg are well combined.
Dust working surface with flour and place dough in center; briefly knead and shape into a single mass.
Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough evenly to about 1/8 of an inch.
Cut into strips 2 to 3 inches wide and about 5 inches long.
Heat the oil over medium heat and when it is hot, fry the strips of dough until golden- brown, a few pieces at a time.
Set on the side on paper towels to absorb any oil.
INGREDIENTS for the CREAM
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 ¼ cups of sugar
- Grated rind of 1 lemon
- 6 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup cake flour or 1/3 -cup corn starch
- a pinch of salt
Heat the milk with salt and the rinds of the lemon in a 4 quart heavy saucepan, at a low heat.
In a large bowl mix the sugar and the flour or corn starch and add the egg yolks one at a time, stirring with a wire whisk until well homogenized.
When the milk is warm add 1 cup to the bowl, stirring continuously to avoid lumping. Increase the heat a little, transfer the egg mixture into the pot with the milk.
Continue cooking, stirring constantly until it thickens and bubbles; cook for an additional 2 min. Remove from fire, and place in a bowl.
In a rimmed serving dish, large enough to hold 2 layers of the fried dough, place half of the strips and cover with ¾ of the custard, sprinkle with the chocolate chips and dust with abundant powdered cinnamon.
Cover with remaining strips of fried dough, spread on top the rest of the cream and shake over the colored sprinkles.
Place in refrigerator for a few hours and serve cold.
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