As a teenager, I worked in a restaurant in my hometown. It was there that I learned many excellent baking “secrets” from a lady that loved to make delectable candies and desserts.
Here is a recipe that can be varied to make a number of delicious desserts and appetizers. We’ve actually created an entirely separate tutorial for Eclairs
Preheat Oven to 400F
Combine 1 C. Water & 1 stick of Butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the water and butter to a rolling boil.
Add 1 C. Flour and stir until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
If using a Mixer, turn on medium and add 4 eggs, all at once. Otherwise, use a hand mixer to completely blend in the eggs.
The mix should be creamy as pictured below, rather than choppy looking. Drop dough by scant 1/4 c. cupfuls onto an UN-GREASED cookie sheet. Makes 12 large puffs
Bake 35-38 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
As you can see from the picture above, these are nice round, plump cream puffs. A couple of hints for keeping them that way:
- Allow the cream puffs to Completely Cool before Touching them (even to remove them from the pan)
- Keep them away from cool drafts until they’ve cooled.
- Let them cool Completely before attempting to freeze.
Several Dessert Ideas:
Create Ice Cream Puffs-
Split the cream puff in half, fill with vanilla ice cream,
Top with the other half of the puff, add some hot fudge, a handful of chopped nuts
Add whipped cream around the sides
For Fast Desserts, mix up some Pudding (any flavor), place into a ziploc bag. Cut off the corner (a small piece!) and use the ziploc bag to “pipe” in the filling into the cream puff. Sprinkle Confectioners sugar over the top.
- Chocolate Pudding
- Vanilla Pudding – top with a small bit of Chocolate Frosting for “Mini Eclairs”
- Lemon Meringue Filling
- Spiced Pumpkin Mousse
The flavors are endless and this puff is so versatile & simple to make!