Dec 6, 2017

Cream Puffs

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Choux pastry, the dough used to make the cream puffs, relies on rising steam to create a hollow center that will be filled with a cream filling.

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Choux pastry, the dough used to make this cream puff recipe, relies on rising steam to create a hollow center that will be filled with a cream filling. You start by baking the pastries at a high heat to help them rise and puff up, then lower the heat slightly to give them a golden brown color. The heat is then lowered once more to finish the baking process and cook them through. It is important that you don’t open the oven door while they are cooking so they don’t deflate.

Cream Puffs

About This Cream Puff Recipe

This recipe for cream puffs is especially meaningful because my aunt’s grandmother would always make them for me. We weren’t even blood relatives yet every Christmas Eve she would bring a whole plate of them just for me because she knew they were my favorite. When she passed away I found her recipe and knew I had to recreate them. Now I plan on continuing the tradition and making them every Christmas.

baked choux pastry the base of this cream puff recipe

About Choux Pastry

Choux pastry or pâte à choux is a cooked dough made from flour, water, butter or shortening and eggs. The dough is cooked in a pan to create more of a paste before it’s then baked in the oven. The moisture content in the dough creates steam which causes the choux to puff up, leaving a light airy center. The baked choux is filled with whipped cream in this cream puff recipe or served with savory fillings for gougeres.

How to Make Cream Puffs

For the choux pastry:

  1. Heat oven. Heat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Make the choux pastry. In a small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Whisk in the shortening and table salt. Whisk in the flour then stir with a wooden spoon until a ball forms and the dough dries out slightly, about 1 minute.
  3. Move to a stand mixer. Remove from heat and let cool slightly then move to the bowl of a stand mixer. fitted with the paddle attachment.
  4. Add the eggs. Add the eggs, one at a time, until the dough becomes thick. Drop the dough in 2-inch balls onto a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake the choux. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 375º and bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes. Lower the heat once more to 300º and bake for an additional 15 minutes to dry out the puffs.
  6. Let cool. Remove the puffs from the oven to a cooling rack. Poke each with a toothpick to release any remaining steam to keep them from getting soggy on the inside. Let cool completely.

For the cream filling:

  1. Make the cream filling. Chill a the bowl of a stand mixer and the whisk attachment. Add the cream, vanilla and sugar to the bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

For assembly:

  1. Split and fill the cream puffs. Split the cream puffs in half horizontally. Use a pastry bag fitted with a star tip to pipe the filling into the center of each cream puff just before serving.
  2. Serve the cream puffs. Serve immediately garnished with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
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Cream Puffs

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Serves 1 1/2 dozen cream puffs.

Ingredients:

For the choux pastry:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs

For the cream filling:

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Instructions:

For the choux pastry:

  • Heat oven to 450ºF (230ºC).
  • In a small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Whisk in the shortening and table salt. Whisk in the flour then stir with a wooden spoon until a ball forms and the dough dries out slightly, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly then move to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, until the dough becomes thick. Drop the dough in 2-inch balls onto a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 375ºF (190ºC) and bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes. Lower the heat once more to 300ºF (150ºC) and bake for an additional 15 minutes to dry out the puffs.
  • Remove the puffs from the oven to a cooling rack. Poke each with a toothpick to release any remaining steam to keep them from getting soggy on the inside. Let cool completely.

For the cream filling:

  • Chill a the bowl of a stand mixer and the whisk attachment. Add the cream, vanilla and sugar to the bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

For assembly:

  • Split the cream puffs in half horizontally. Use a pastry bag fitted with a star tip to pipe the filling into the center of each cream puff just before serving.
  • Serve immediately garnished with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

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    • Shortening is hydrogenated vegetable oil, one of the most popular brands is Crisco – it’s available at most grocery stores in the baking section. Hope you enjoy the recipe Cherina!