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Happy Birthday Cream Puffs

For an alternative to birthday cake that's even easier than boxed mix, OnSugar blog Fresh Tart suggests whipping up homemade cream puffs.

We kicked off my son's 14th birthday celebration(s) with cream puffs for dessert tonight.  Few desserts are as festive and impressive as cream puffs - who doesn't love them?  They're so creamy...and puffy.  (Yeah, sorry, I'm a little tired this evening.  Suffice it to say they're seriously good.)

And here's a little secret...they're one of the easiest desserts on the planet to make.  It's true, I swear.  With a mixer and nothing more than water, butter, flour, and eggs, they take about 10 minutes to whip up, 30 minutes to bake. Less effort than a box of cake mix and a million times more fun.

See her recipe and serving suggestions when you read more.

J'adore them filled with nothing more than lightly sweetened whipped cream.  My husband requires a little drizzle of killer chocolate sauce as well; I concede its charms, especially with a feather-light sprinkling of coarse, crunchy salt on top.  You can't imagine how good (although you can, because chocolate and salt are amazing together in lots of things).  Of course they're delicious filled with ice cream if you're so inclined.  Make them bigger and call them cream puffs.  Make them smaller and call them profiteroles.  Just don't call me late for dessert.  (So sorry, so tired, I'm done now, I promise.)

Cream Puffs

Adapted from The Doubleday Cookbook by Anderson & Hanna

Serves 6-8

1 c. flour

1 c. water

½ c. (1 stick) butter

¼ tsp. salt

4 large (not extra large) eggs

Filling:

1 c. whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 Tbsp. sugar

For puffs: preheat to 400 degrees. Put flour in the bowl of a mixer.  Bring water, butter, and salt to a boil.  Add all at once to flour and beat quickly until mixture forms a ball. Break an egg into a cup and slide into flour mixture.  Beat until blended.  Add remaining eggs, one at a time, beat well.  Each egg must be blended in before the next is added; mixture will look odd at first, almost curdled, but as you beat, it will become smooth.

Drop pastry by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet to form 12 puffs.  Bake 30-40 minutes until puffed, golden brown, and hollow-sounding when tapped.  (Note: do not open oven door during first 15 minutes of baking.)  Cool puffs on wire racks away from drafts.

For filling: beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla together until soft peaks form.

To serve: cut a 3/4-inch slice off the top of each puff.  Fill with whipped cream and replace tops.  (Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce if using.)  Serve immediately.

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FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
I slice it into several pieces and put it in cold - it melts as the water heats up. Good question!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
NO!!! That's terrible! Well, you'll just have to make more... I'm glad you liked your ONE. Funny story, though, naughty pup.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 6 years
just made them they were awesome we got one and my dog got the rest
betty-kraker betty-kraker 6 years
thoes look so awesome i am going to make them here in a little while
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
I hope you do! They feel Springy because they're so light and pretty. It's cool that you have a nice memory of your mom making them for you - I hope my son will too :)
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
My mom used to make cream puffs when I was a kid. I love 'em! I'll have to try the recipe out - maybe over the weekend!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
Anonymous - great, I'm glad you asked, always happy to correct my mistake. Fuzzles, hilarious - hope that's exactly the guy you could find... :)
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
If I could find a single guy that could make these for me on a weekly basis, he would be soooooo.... Never mind.
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
And thanks SFCA and Lauren!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
Anonymous - oh my goodness, thanks for the heads up on my error. I've corrected it, hope I've not messed anyone up. I set apart the filling ingredients, hopefully that helps too. I removed the extra ingredients I mistakenly posted (originally was going to post with chocolate sauce, but decided to link to in the text instead and mention it as an option). Does that help? Good catch!
lauren lauren 6 years
OMG, these look absolutely delightful! Light, airy and delicious! Can't wait to try this.
SFCA SFCA 6 years
Yum!
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