Simple And Easy Cream Puffs Recipe

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They’re light, fluffy, và loaded with sweet whipping cream. Cream Puffs are truly luscious! và (surprise!) they’re also easy lớn make! They start with a simple pastry called “choux.”

The Story Behind my Cream Puff Journey

My story begins with a musical that I co-wrote và directed a couple of years back. “Rising Star” is a funny musical phối in the 1960s in Texas & the story revolves around Houston’s first (fictional) televised baking competition.

One of the main characters in the play is a French chef. So, and a big giảm giá is made about French pastries within the dialogue of the show.

We hosted an baking-themed auction simultaneous with the performances and one of the things we auctioned off was some French pastries.

I love to bake but I was incredibly busy the week of the play (and had already committed to lớn bake some sweet treats for our concessions area). So, I called on my sweet friend April to make cream puffs.

Only one problem: neither of us had ever made cream puffs before.

We perused the web and found a recipe at Natasha’s Kitchen that looked pretty simple. April–God bless her–went home and made the pastries, then brought them on the day of the show khổng lồ be displayed on the auction table.

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She did such a terrific job that I asked her to lớn come lớn my house recently to teach me the ropes. Together, we made cream puffs & eclairs (which I will cover in a separate post). Turns out, they’re pretty easy to make. And both start with a simple pastry called “choux.”

What is Choux Pastry?

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Cream puffs và eclairs start with a type of pastry (or dough) called “choux.” According khổng lồ Wikipedia: “Choux pastry, or pâte à choux, is a delicate pastry dough used in many pastries.”

What sets this dough apart from, say, a cookie dough, is that it is cooked in a saucepan before you ever bake it in the oven.

This process might sound complicated, but it’s actually really easy. It’s also incredibly quick.

Choux pastry does not have a raising agent (like yeast, baking powder, or baking soda). Instead, the water in the dough releases as it bakes, which creates air holes in the center. These air holes (or pockets) are perfect for stuffing. And, in the case of these cream puffs, they can be stuffed full of trang chủ made whipped cream.

Cream Puff Ingredients

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Wondering what you’ll need lớn make the choux pastry? These are simple ingredients. You probably have them in your pantry and refrigerator right now.

You’ll find a full printable recipe at the bottom of this post, complete with measurements. For now, here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need:

FOR THE CHOUX PASTRY:

watersalted buttermilksugarall purpose flourlarge eggs (room temperature)

FOR THE FILLING:

heavy creampowdered sugarvanilla extract (optional)berries (optional)

How lớn Make These Easy Cream Puffs:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.

Have a piping bag handy.

In a medium saucepan combine water, milk, butter, và sugar. Place over a medium heat until it comes to lớn a rolling boil.

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Remove from heat và immediately add flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until flour is fully incorporated và place back over medium heat for two minutes until the liquid is evaporated. The goal here is khổng lồ partially cook the flour.

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Transfer the dough to lớn a medium mixing bowl.

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Begin to lớn mix with an electric mixer. You’ll need to mix it at least a full minute lớn cool down the dough.

Add your room temperature eggs, one at a time.

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Beat until smooth. The batter should be more dough-like than batter-like.

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Place choux pastry dough in a pastry bag. Natasha’s recipe calls for a 1/2 inch tip but if you don’t have one you can just video clip the tip of your bag to create a một nửa inch opening.

Pipe your puffs. Dampen your finger & pat down any peaks. (Optional: You can coat with an egg wash.)

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Bake at 425 for ten minutes. As the steam in the dough releases, they will puff up.

Leave oven door shut but lower heat khổng lồ 325 và bake another 20-22 minutes or until they turn a lovely golden brown on top.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack khổng lồ cool.

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Note: If your puffs deflate you will have lớn start the process over. Make sure you cook the dough on the stovetop until it comes together. Also make sure you have the oven at 425 degrees for a ten full minutes khổng lồ give them opportunity to lớn rise

Make Your Whipping Cream

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While they’re cooling, make your whipped cream.

Whip heavy whipping cream at medium speed until stiff peaks form. (You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer. . .your choice.) showroom powdered sugar & vanilla extract.

Place whipped cream into a piping bag with star tip.

Add the Cream to the Puff

The cream puff shells have an air pocket in the center. You can use a separate piping tip (or anything else sharp you choose) to size a little hole in the side of the cream puff.

Insert the tip of the piping bag into the hole and press in the cream filling.

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Before serving, sprinkle the tops of the puffs with powdered sugar.

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How khổng lồ Store Cream Puffs

You can store in the refrigerator for a couple of days but it’s best to leave the cream out until the last minute.

Cream puffs can be frozen (with cream in them) but make sure the cream is contained. You’ll want lớn freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag.

What lớn Expect from these Cream Puffs

Nothing beats homemade cream puffs and these are the best! This was my first time to lớn make them & I was most surprised by how easy they were.

I was surprised by several things as I nibbled on a cream puff. First, the texture is perfect. It’s so hard khổng lồ imagine that this dough came together in a saucepan. . .and so quickly!

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It’s crisp on the outside, flaky on the inside, with just the right sized air pocket for the filling.

Also, this dough isn’t sweet. There’s only a teaspoon of sugar in Natasha’s recipe. You could showroom more if you like but the sweet cream filling sweetens up the whole thing.

Speaking of the whipped cream, there’s plenty of room inside of the air pocket for a lot of cream. Check it out!

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The sprinkling of powdered sugar on đứng đầu adds a lovely coating of sweetness, which is just what this treat needs before serving.

When my fourteen-year-old granddaughter ate one she said, “The puff reminds me of a crepe.” It does have a similar flavor of a lovely crepe, though a completely different texture.

This is a great cream puff recipe!

Variations on this Recipe

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Trust me when I say I will be making these easy cream puffs again. . .and again! They were so simple and tasty!

I can imagine making them for a bridal shower or baby shower or family gathering. They would be perfect at a high tea or ladies’ luncheon. With that in mind, here are a few ways I might change up the recipe next time:

Coat in Chocolate Ganache. Yum!Add fresh berries: raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries. . .adding a berry to lớn the center of the puff (in the cream) would be perfect! If you opt to lớn go this route you’ll have lớn cut the puff in half with a serrated knife khổng lồ fill it so that you can fit the berry in. Mini chocolate chips. I think they would be lovely, mixed into the whipped cream (or even rolled around the edges of the cream. Fill the puff with ice cream.

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(Sounds tasty, right?) Fill with instant pudding or homemade pastry cream. (White chocolate sounds yummy!) Make a cream cheese filling (or my easy cheesecake mousse) to lớn fill the puffs. Use large star tip to add a swirl of whipped cream on top of each puff before serving. Savory puffs: Hear me out. I had this idea that I might skip the teaspoon of sugar in the dough & go with a completely different kind of filling–perhaps something akin to lớn the filling you get in a crab puff at a Chinese restaurant. Or even something like a pasta or pizza filling. Yum. I could even see a sloppy Joe-type filling or taco meat filling.

Other Pastry Recipes from Out of the Box Baking

We love our pastries và have been hard at work, coming up with new easy recipes. Here are a few favorites:

Easy Buttermilk Scones with Clotted Cream: If you’re in the mood for a delicious scone but don’t have a lot of time for a complicated recipe, you’ve come khổng lồ the right place! This yummy scone is tender and light, but packed full of flavor.

Cake mix Kolaches: If you love pastries but you’re intimidated by the process, I’ve got great news for you! You can make these crisp, sweet kolaches in minutes! Best of all, they start with a simple trắng cake mix.

Cake set Cinnamon Roll Pastries: These tasty treats have the look of homemade cinnamon rolls but the taste and texture of a high-end pastry–light, crisp and oh, so cinnamony!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Let me know what you think about these yummy cream puffs!