Recipe: Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs are one of the best desserts on this planet. A feather-light cake is filled with simple vanilla cream for a wonderful treat that I doubt anyone would be able to resist. These puffs are strange because the dough is made in a saucepan on the stove and then finished in the oven. They seem complex but they’re actually quite simple once you get the technique down.

Cream Puffs
Yields 12
Choux Pastry
  1. 1/2 cup flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  5. 1/2 cup water
  6. 2 large eggs
Whipped Cream
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar, or to taste
Choux Pastry
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly butter or spray the pan with a non stick vegetable spray.
  2. In a bowl sift or whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Place the butter and water in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil then quickly remove from heat and the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Return saucepan to the heat and stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about 1-2 minutes) then transfer the dough to your electric mixer, or use a hand mixer, and beat on low speed to release the steam from the dough for about a minute.
  5. Once the dough is lukewarm start adding the eggs and continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste then spoon or pipe 12 small mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue to bake for a further 30 to 35 minutes or until the shells are a nice amber color and when split, are almost dry inside. Turn the oven off, poke a couple of holes in each puff and, with the oven door slightly ajar, let the shells completely cool (and dry out).
Whipped Cream
  1. In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and chill the bowl and whisk in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. When chilled, whip the cream just until stiff peaks form.
To Assemble
  1. Split the pastry shells in half and fill (or pipe) with whipped cream.
  2. Place the top half of the pastry shell on the whipped cream and dust with powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar.
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