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Cream Filling

Yield 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour and milk in a small saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, 3 minutes or until mixture resembles a soft frosting and is thick enough to hold its shape. (Do not boil.) Remove from heat; let cool.

  2. Beat shortening and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; add flour mixture, orange extract, and salt, beating well. Gradually add sugar, beating at high speed 4 to 5 minutes or until fluffy.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997