Cream Puffs

Cream puff with vanilla pudding fillingTeaching high school  takes a lot of planning, but there are times that I do things on the spur of the moment that really add alot to the class.  This is one of them. Today the students took a test and we started a new unit.  I thought we needed something a little more interesting.  This demo only took about 15 minutes of class time.  While they were cooking the students took their test.

I have been making cream puffs since college.  As a freshman I worked  for the Family and Consumer Science Department Head.  I thought I would be typing,  grading essays that kind of thing, but that was not always the case.  Thank goodness I loved to cook.  She was in charge of every event that involved food.  Not sit down meals, but everything else. 

I left there knowing how to make every kind of cookie, sandwich, cheese straw, punch,  and candy recipe.  I loved it!  It was so much fun and I  learned a lot. 

Here is one of the recipes that I made. 

Cream puffs are very easy to make and will impress all your guests. You can fill them with pudding.  I recommend you make it from scratch.  It is much better than the instant that I used today, because of lack of time. Sweetened whipped cream would be an excellent choice, too. Let’s don’t leave out ICE CREAM.  You could use that as a filling, too.

Since  I am not a dessert person  filling  them with chicken or a seafood salad would be a hit.  Or you could go all out and double the recipe and make one savory and one sweet.  Whatever way you choose everyone is going to be impressed with your cooking skills.    

My students now want to make these in class, but we don’t have time.  We have to move on to  more healthy choices.  FRUITS and VEGETABLES

Here is the basic recipe that is found in every cookbook.  Use your imagination and enjoy cooking!

Cream Puffs

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs

Heat oven to 400 – 425 degrees.  In a medium saucepan, heat water and margarine to boiling. Take off heat add flour and salt all at once.  Stir vigorously until mixture leaves the sides of pan in a smooth compact ball.  Let mixture cool slightly.  Stirring will help to cool the mixture quicker.  Be careful not to add your eggs too soon or you will have scrambled eggs.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.

Spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.   Make 6 very large cream puffs or use a tablespoon and make 20 snack size. ( In the picture are snack size).

You can pipe these from a pastry tube using a large fluted tip.

Bake small cream puffs for about 30 minutes.  Bake large ones for about 40 minutes.

Doneness is important.  They will collapse if they are underbaked.  ( That question was on our test today) To fill them slice the top third and remove the uncooked dough if there is any.  Now you will be able to fill the Cream Puff.  When you finish just replace the top.

They should be filled as close to serving time as possible to preserve their crispness.

Unfilled they can be frozen for 3 months.

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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28 Comments

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28 responses to “Cream Puffs

  1. taylor roddy

    one of my favorite things youv’e made so far : )

    thanks for posting, im deffanantly going to make these at home, my big ol family would love these!

  2. Becca

    These were so yummy! It’s a good idea to keep in mind that you can freeze these and save them for a later date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. brett anderson

    looks good

  4. Elizabeth

    Never knew you had to take the inside of these things outt.

  5. these do look cute, and great treats for kids! perhaps you’d like to send these for the Sweet celebrations event on my blog if you can!:)

  6. Brooke Maryniak

    I never knew these were so easy to make. And I would have never guessed that if you add the eggs to early they would start cooking. But these seem like a quick and easy dessert to make!

  7. Ashley Maryniak

    Ooh these sound delicious! I wish i was there to have some! They seem similar to eclairs. Is there a difference between the two?

  8. These remind me of the French ‘chouquettes’ (though they’re rolled in large sugar crystals, but comepletely ‘empty inside) and the Dutch ‘soesjes’ (save for the fact that the soesjes are filled with cream!) I will try them, especially with the freeze for later bit!

  9. Just stopping by from Farmers Fresh CSA. Nice blog! I’ll be back.

  10. Carly Hart

    These were delicious, and such a sweet treat for the class! I really enjoy the fact that you can fill these with anything, such as whipped cream or chicken salad! Yum!

  11. Jennifer Pham

    Thanks for this recipe. I have tried them before and the cream puff comes out great. But I think whatever i try to do to the pudding inside, I can never make it right. :(

  12. Ashley Kendrick

    I never knew how easy it was to make the cream puffs. They were really good. I like how you can fill it with anything.

  13. Ana

    The cream puffs were really delicious!!! I think i’m going to try making them at home.

  14. Those were so yummy!!! i will definitely have to making them and filling them with something else, such as chicken :)

  15. Yesica Melchor

    it was incredible how fast they were made!..Did not know that you have to take the inside of the cream puffs..

  16. these were really good but i think i would try to do something a little different like to fruit or even put some steamed vegstibles in there. im sure that there are alot of things that you can put in there. its just one of those foods that you will just have to try many differnt things and see how they turn out. im sure i will be doing alot of testing foods as i move farther and farther in the years in your class.

  17. Erin

    I love how fast and easy these were to make. I didn’t know you could put just about anything inside. They are so versatile!

  18. lesley baxley

    these looks really good, i hd fun watching you making them!

  19. blakely

    these were really good & easy to make! i never knew you could put different stuff in them.

  20. imari daniels

    i can honestly say i’ve never tasted anything like it before.

  21. These look delicious!!!

  22. zuleima pacheco

    these looks really good, i hd fun watching you making them The cream puffs were really delicious!!! I never knew these were so easy to make. And I would have never guessed that if you add the eggs to early they would start cooking. But these seem like a quick and easy dessert to make

  23. brandy adams

    mmmm its chocolatey…. i love stuff smothered in chocolate. it looks so delicious.

  24. Parker

    These were delicious, plus i always thought that these were hard to make.

  25. Alina Marie!**

    Wow they look just as a good as theyy tasted (:

  26. brandy adams

    chocolate covered…… yummmmmmm.

  27. Shane Davis

    These were very good and alot easier to make then i thought it would be

  28. Allie

    I was really surprised that something so fancy looking was so easy to make. I’m definitely going to make a few of these for my the next party I go to.

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