Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Italian Cream Puffs

Oh, so light and creamy!

Hello my fellow foodies, I thought I would do another dessert, you know you can never have enough around the holidays. This is the season to enjoy sweet pastries. These cream puffs are no doubt a party favorite. One is just not enough, I find myself going back for more. Puff, there gone!
Happy Holidays

Italian Cream Puffs
1 cup flour
1 cup eggs 4-5 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
chocolate for melting
pudding or pastry cream of your choice

In a small saucepan on medium heat add water, milk, salt and butter heat to boil
remove from heat add flour and mix with a wooden spoon till ball forms, return to heat for 10 seconds. Place in mixer and cool for 7 minutes. Add lightly scrambled eggs slowly, batter should be smooth. Fill pastry bag and swirl dough in about 2" diameter circles or you can make mini eclair shapes or drop by tablespoon on an un- greased sheet. Cook 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown. When cooled dip in melted chocolate or drizzle melted chocolate on tops, refrigerate then fill with pastry cream.
Cream suggestions: pastry cream, vanilla pudding made with 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup whole milk or any pudding you like, whip cream, whip cream with cocoa powder, or whip cream with espresso coffee finely grated. Use your imagination for the fillings let me know what you come up with.


  1. My mom makes these! I used to help her mix the dough..beat beat beat after each addition of an egg. Boy, did my arms hurt after that. She did a vanilla pudding type filling. I like them filled with Italian pastry cream.
    Thanks so much for the link, Chuck! I've returned the favor in kind :)

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  3. Hi Maryann, So you built some muscles with your mom making these non stop eaters. I love it, when
    foods bring use back with families memorable moments!!
    Italian pastry cream sounds good.
    Thanks for your wonderful favor, Chuck

  4. These look light, fluffy and delicious. I could eat way too many of these beauties.

  5. These look great, I love the addition of chocolate on top. Happy holidays!

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  7. I love these! Wonderful presentation Chuck!

  8. I love these! Beautiful presentation Chuck!

  9. Hi Pam, I agree, but if my company does not get here soon, I won't be light and fluffy anymore!

  10. Hello Sara, I am glad you like them, yes that addition of chocolate adds a good blend of flavor! Happy Holidays, Thanks, Chuck

  11. Hi Chuck! Your cream puffs look so good, that I used your recipe today to make a tray of eclairs. And you're right..puff, they do disapear quickly! ;) Happy New Year! Jadeane

  12. Hi Jady, Happy New Year! I am glad you made them, and enjoyed them. I love eclairs. See I told so, here one minute and gone the next!!
    Thanks Chuck