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Cream Puffs

Cream puffs topped with strawberries and powdered sugar on a decorative black plate.

Cream puffs are always a festive way to celebrate. Light as air pate choux shell, filled with lightly sweetened vanilla whipped cream – it’s a match made in heaven!

Cream puffs topped with strawberries, chocolate, and powdered sugar on a black decorative plate.

Darigold asked me to use their Cream Puff recipe and the whole process was smooth and super easy – thank you Darigold for sponsoring this post!  The cream puffs puffed up perfectly, creating enough hallow space inside to fill with the luscious cream. I was actually really excited to be working with them because for years I have been using their Darigold Heavy Cream 40%, so this was a perfect opportunity to showcase an ingredient I absolutely love. With the rich fat content the whipping cream whips up perfectly and is never runny, it’s good in creams for cakes or pastries, or for piping stars on top of your cake, or any decorating, really.

Close up of cream puffs covered with chocolate and fresh strawberries.

I increased the sugar amount in the whipped cream because my family likes our dessert sweet, but if you’re not a fan of sweet desserts you can use only couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar instead. I also poured some chocolate ganache on top of the cream puffs to give them that wow factor, that chocolate seems to be able to add just to about anything. I’m thinking that a pinch of salt in the chocolate ganache might not be a bad idea either, may be I’ll add it next time.

 

Cream Puffs 

Makes: 20-30 cream puffs

Adapted slightly from: Darigold Cream Puffs recipe 

Ingredients for the Cream Puffs: 

  • Water
  • darigold butter
  • flour
  • pinch of salt
  • eggs

Water, darigold butter, flour, a pinch of salt, and eggs laid out on burlap.

How to make Cream Puffs:

Turn oven to 400F, with the rack in the middle. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (for easier cleanup).

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup butter and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

How to combine water, butter, and salt in a saucepan.

Add 1 cup of flour at once and quickly stir with a wooden spoon (without removing from heat) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. Continue stiring and cooking the dough for another 2 minutes. Remove the dough to a mixing bowl.

How to make the homemade cream puffs batter.

With the mixer on low-medium beat it for 1-2 minutes to cool it off slightly. Now beat 4 eggs into the dough with the mixer on medium-high speed, one egg at a time, making sure it’s well incorporated before adding the next, until a smooth dough forms.

How to add egg to pate choux batter in a mixer.

Using a tablespoon, or a small ice cream scoop, scoop out dough onto the lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake in a 400F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F for another 10-12 minutes until the cream puffs are golden.

How to scoop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Once cool enough to handle, split each puff in two horizontally.

Ingredients for the Chantilly Cream or Vanilla Whipped Cream:

  • Darigold Heavy Whipping Cream
  • vanilla extract or emulsion
  • powdered sugar (use less if you don’t like it sweet)

Baked cream puffs on a parchment lined baking sheet.

How to make Chantilly Cream or Vanilla Whipped Cream: 

Add 2 cups of Darigold heavy cream (or any cream with fat content of 33% or more) to a cold bowl, whip on medium speed. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract or emulsion and 1 cup powdered sugar (you can add from 3-4 tablespoons to a full cup). Beat on high until stiff peaks form.

Darigold cream, flour and vanilla extract laid out on burlap.

To fill the cream puffs: 

Spoon the whipped cream inside of each cream puff and cover with the other half. OR fit a ziplock bag/pastry bag with a star tip. Now fill the ziplock/pastry bag with the cream and pipe it inside of each cream puff. Cover with the other half. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

How to make chantilly cream filling for this classic cream puff recipe.

Best served after a couple of hours.

Here are some other great Dessert recipes:

How to fill the pate choux pastries with the sweet Chantilly cream.

Cream Puffs

Pate choux pastries filled with sweetened whipped cream. A simple cream puff recipe.

Author: Adapted slightly from: Darigold Cream Puffs recipe
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French, Italian
Keyword: cream puff
Calories: 182 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 20 - 30 cream puffs

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Cream Puffs:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick Darigold butter
  • 1 Cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs

Ingredients for the Chantilly Cream or Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups Darigold Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or emulsion
  • 1 cup powdered sugar use less if you don't like it sweet

Instructions

How to make the Cream Puffs:

  1. Turn oven to 400°F, with the rack in the middle. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (for easier cleanup).

  2. In a 2 quart saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup butter and a pinch of salt. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.

  3. Add 1 cup of flour at once and quickly stir with a wooden spoon (without removing from heat) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. Continue stiring and cooking the dough for another 2 minutes. Remove the dough to mixer bowl.

  4. With the mixer on low-medium beat it for 1-2 minutes to cool it off slightly. Now beat 4 eggs into the dough with the mixer on medium-high, one egg at a time, making sure it's well incorporated before adding the next, until a smooth dough forms.

  5. Using a tablespoon, or a small ice cream scoop, scoop out dough onto the lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F for another 10-12 minutes until the cream puffs are golden. Once cool enough to handle, split each puff in two horizontally.

How to make the Chantily Cream or Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Add 2 cups of Darigold heavy cream (or any cream with fat content of 33% or more) to a cold bowl, whip on medium speed. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract or emulsion and 1 cup powdered sugar (you can add from 3-4 tablespoons to a full cup). Beat on high until stiff peaks form.

To fill the cream puffs:

  1. Spoon the whipped cream inside of each cream puff and cover with the other half. OR fit a ziplock bag/pastry bag with a star tip. Now fill the ziplock/pastry bag with the cream and pipe it inside of each cream puff. Cover with the other half. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Puffs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 539IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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