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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling
Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling
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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling are delicious homemade pastries that are fitting for any occasion and are sure to impress your guests. These cream puffs are made with homemade pastry dough and filled with French vanilla custard filling. To complete these delicious treats, this recipe also includes instructions for homemade chocolate sauce. The sweet, rich sauce is the perfect finishing touch for these pastries. The next time you are expecting company, show off your baking skills by trying out this recipe for homemade cream puffs

Ingredients

  • For the Dough
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup eggs (about 4 large eggs)
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  • For the Filling
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package French Vanilla instant pudding mix, plus ingredients called for on the pudding package
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
  • For the Chocolate Sauce Topping
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. For the Eclair Dough

  2. Combine water and butter in a 4-quart heavy saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Once the butter has completely melted, add the flour and stir will, then continue to stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. It is important to cook it the entire 2 minutes so that the flour will cook completely. The dough will stick to the sides of the pan and then form a ball keep stirring and cooking.

  3. After 2 minutes, remove from the heat and place dough in bowl of an electric mixer. Allow to cool about 5 minutes. Then, with the machine running on low, add the salt and eggs one at a time with time in between each addition. The dough will change in appearance from looking like scrambled eggs to a shiny batter. Continue to beat for about 2 minutes until it pulls away from the bottom or sides of the bowl.

  4. Place dough into a pastry bag with a tip, or into a zip-top bag and cut off on one corner. Squeeze the bag of dough into mounds for cream puffs or into 4-inch long strips for eclairs.

  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and bake 12-15 minutes for cream puffs or eclairs (depending on size). The tops should no longer look wet and they should look lightly golden brown.

  6. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the oven off. Use a paring knife to prick a hole in each cream puff to allow steam to escape.

  7. Return the pan to the oven with the heat off, leave the door ajar and allow to cool to room temperature.

  8. For the Filling

  9. Make the pudding according to package directions and chill. May be used immediately or chilled, covered up to one day before assembling cake. Thaw whipped topping in the refrigerator for 4 hours before assembling cake.

  10. Spoon vanilla pudding filling into a piping bag fitted with a -inch plain or star tip. Insert the tip into the same hole you made with the knife when the puffs came out of the oven. Fill the puffs and serve immediately, drizzled with chocolate sauce topping. If not serving immediately, keep puffs uncovered in the refrigerator up to 5 hours (Covering tightly will cause them to soften).

  11. Chocolate Sauce Topping

  12. In a 1-quart saucepan over medium high heat, combine milk, butter, and salt and bring it to a boil. Combine the sugar and cocoa powder and stir to get rid of any lumps, then add to the pan and continue to stir with a whisk until it boils and is thickened, at least 2 minutes.

  13. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon when thickened. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

  14. Remove chocolate sauce to a small bowl and cover and chill 1 hour before using. Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator up to a week. Bring to room temperature and stir before using.

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Is it just some brown sugar or the granulated sugar that you call for in the one cup of sugar? Cream puffs are just one of those fancy desserts that you can dress up or leave alone and everyone will ooh and ahh when you bring them out and set them on the table in front of them to eat. I can see me and some gal pals having these as a treat after a weekend get together. I would love to have these with some friends.

These look so delicious and fun to make at home! The vanilla custard filling is super decadent.

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