Cream Puffs Recipe

Cream puffs are delicate and delightful pastries that are perfect for any occasion. Light and airy pastry filled with sweet, creamy goodness – what’s not to love? Follow this simple recipe to create your own batch of irresistible cream puffs.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: chocolate ganache for topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. Prepare the Dough: In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, water, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once the butter has melted and the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low and add the flour all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Cool the Dough: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Add Eggs: Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The dough should be smooth and glossy.
  5. Pipe the Dough: Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe small mounds onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each one.
  6. Bake: Bake the puffs in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are puffed and golden brown. Avoid opening the oven door while baking, as this can cause the puffs to collapse.
  7. Cool: Remove the puffs from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Prepare the Filling: In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  9. Fill the Puffs: Once the puffs are cool, use a sharp knife to slice them in half horizontally. Pipe or spoon the whipped cream filling into the bottom halves of the puffs, then place the top halves back on.
  10. Optional: Add Chocolate Ganache: For an extra indulgent touch, drizzle or dip the cream puffs in chocolate ganache.
  11. Serve: Serve the cream puffs immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy the light, airy texture and creamy filling of these delectable pastries!

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