The Craft Patch: Homemade Cream Puffs

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Homemade Cream Puffs

When I have to bring treats somewhere, my favorite treats to bring are the ones that look really hard to make, but aren't. I got this recipe from my friend, Kathy. She brought them to a party once and everyone was raving. Now I am the one bringing them to parties and people will say to me, "Wow! You made cream puffs? From scratch?!" And I just smile and say, "Yep!" They think I have much more kitchen skill than I actually do, because these treats really are not hard to make! Thanks for teaching me the ways, Kathy!


Cream Puffs:

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each egg.

Drop dough by the tablespoon (I made 20) onto a greased baking sheet. Use a second spoon to scrape the dough off. Swirl into a ball shape.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Watch them closely near the end.

Remove to cooling rack and cool completely.

Filling:

You can get creative with the filling. Pastry cream, whipped cream, cream cheese, even boxed pudding... they are all delicious! This is one option for cream cheese filling:

1 8 oz brick cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint whipping cream (or tub of whipped topping)
**Reserve 1/4-1/2 cup cream for chocolate topping
1 tablespoon vanilla

Beat whipping cream and sweeten to taste. Set aside. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla and keep beating. Add sugar, a little at a time. Fold in whipped cream.

Spoon filling into a pastry bag. Poke the tip into a hollow spot in each cream puff and squeeze the filling in. I like a lot of filling, so I fill it until all the hollow places are full of cream.

Chocolate Topping:

1 bag chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate, but any kind will do!)
whipping cream

Bring whipping cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate chips and stir until chocolate is melted evenly. Spoon evenly on top of each cream puff.

Refrigerate cream puffs until service.

I brought these to a baby shower, so I added pink food coloring to the filling and drizzled them with pink chocolate just to make them a little more festive and girly.



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