In the recipe below you will find it with Joanne Ozug’s favorite filling, which is a vanilla pastry cream with whipped cream folded in, but feel free to fill with whatever you’d like.
To make the choux dough for our little puffs, first place a stick of butter and water in a pan:
Melt the two together:
Dump in a bunch of flour, and get ready to stir like crazy:
Using a wooden spoon, stir like mad until the mixture becomes smooth, and the dough falls away from the sides of the pan (which you can see here):
Place the dough in a food processor with a bunch of eggs:
Cream Puff Dough in Food Processor and pulse the mixture until the eggs are incorporated and the mixture is thick, kind of like a super thick cake batter:
Pipe the dough into little mounds on a baking sheet:
And use wet fingers to press down on the tips:
Once they are baked, let them cool completely. Then you can fill them with whatever you want! If you have the right tip you can pipe the filling into the puffs without cutting them open, otherwise I just slice them in half and fill. Honestly I like the look of it better since you can see the filling peeking out.
As far as toppings go, I just dipped them with a little melted bittersweet chocolate, and you can top the chocolate with sprinkles, fleur de sel or other fine sea salts, pink peppercorn (if you’re adventurous), and so on. Enjoy!
- 1 cup water
- 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
- 5 oz all purpose flour (1 cup)
- pinch of salt
- 4 extra large eggs (or 5 large)
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
- 5 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
- Place the water and butter in a saucepan and melt over medium high heat. Dump the flour and salt in all at once and stir, on the heat, for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and the dough falls away from the sides of the pan. Transfer the dough to a food processor and let it cool for five minutes. Then add all the eggs. Pulse the mixture until the dough is smooth and has incorporated the eggs. The dough should look like a super thick cake batter.
- Transfer this choux dough into a piping pag and pipe out small mounds of dough, about an inch in diameter, and about 1/2 inch tall. They will puff up considerably and you don’t want to make them too tall. Bake for about 25 minutes until the puffs are golden brown, then remove them from the oven and use a knife to poke a small hole into each of the puffs. This will let the steam escape and prevent our puffs from getting soggy. Let them cool completely before filling. That means it’s a good time to start making our pastry cream!
- Scald the milk in a saucepan over medium high heat (you want to cook the milk to about 180 degrees F, when little bubbles start to form on the side of the pan. This is the stage before a boil). While the milk heats up, whisk to combine 1/2 cup sugar, the egg yolks, and cornstarch. Once the milk has come to the right temperature, slowly dribble the milk into the egg yolk mixture while whisking constantly, then return all of the liquid to the pan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, for the next minute or two, until the mixture comes to a boil and the mixture thickens up considerably. Remove the pastry cream from the heat and stir in the vanilla and a pinch of salt. Taste and adjust vanilla and salt levels if needed.
- If you’re adding the whipped cream, let the pastry cream cool completely before you start whipping the cream. To whip the cream, combine the heavy whipping cream and 2 tbsp sugar in a bowl and whip with either a hand mixer or a whisk until it forms soft peaks. Fold this mixture gently into the pastry cream to lighten it. You can now fill the puffs with this mixture. Enjoy!
Source: Fifteen Spatulas