Cream Puffs

Stuff these puffs with whipped cream or lemon curd for an easy dessert recipe, or tuck chicken salad inside for a simple sandwich.



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Servings: 12
Yield: 12 cream puffs
Prep Time: 25 mins
Related Categories: Desserts, Pudding and Custard
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Ingredients
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    1   cup 
    water
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    1/2  cup 
    butter
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    4   
    eggs
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    3   cups 
    whipped cream, pudding, or ice cream
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    Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet. In a medium saucepan combine water, butter, and salt. Bring to boiling. 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 addition.
2.
Drop 12 heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and firm. Transfer cream puffs to a wire rack and let cool.
3.
Cut tops from puffs; remove soft dough from inside. Fill with whipped cream, pudding, or ice cream. Replace tops. If desired, sift powdered sugar over tops.
4.
Makes 12 cream puffs.
Variation
  • Eclairs: Prepare as above, except spoon dough into a decorating bag fitted with a large plain round tip (about 1/2-inch opening). Pipe 12 strips of dough, 3 inches apart, onto a greased baking sheet, making each strip 4 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 3/4 inch high. Bake, cool, and split, as in steps 2 and 3. Fill eclairs with whipped cream or pudding. Frost with 1 recipe Chocolate Glaze (page 163). Makes 12 eclairs.
    Per eclair: 361 cal., 27 g total fat (16 g sat. fat), 142 mg chol., 27 g carbo., 171 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 5 g pro.
    Daily Values: 19% vit. A, 3% calcium, 7% iron
    Exchanges: 11/2 Other Carbo., 5 Fat
Variation
  • Mini Puffs: Prepare as above, except drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, in a 400 degree F oven for 25 minutes (keep remaining dough covered while first batch bakes). Cool, split, and fill as in steps 2 and 3. Makes about 30 mini puffs.
    Per mini puff: 94 cal., 8 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 53 mg chol., 4 g carbo., 46 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 2 g pro.
    Daily Values: 6% vit. A, 13% calcium, 2% iron
    Exchanges: 2 Fat
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 238, Fat, total (g) 21, chol. (mg) 134, sat. fat (g) 12, carb. (g) 9, Monosaturated fat (g) 6, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, sugar (g) 1, pro. (g) 4, vit. A (IU) 826, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 12, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 140, Potassium (mg) 57, calcium (mg) 30, iron (mg) 1, Other Carb () 1, Fat () 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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