Monday, December 1, 2008

Cream Puffs yum.....

I LOOVEEE CREAM PUFFS!!!!!!! It is my most fave. dessert since I was a kid. Mom used to bribe me with food to do things she wanted me to do. Usually she is using cream puffs as her last reserved weapon. She will start with Friend Chicken drumstick, going to Swensen's Ice Cream Parlour for Banana Split, Warm Portuguesse Egg Custard and then finally CREAM PUFFS!!!!!! It depends how stubborn I was that day. Anyhooooo....I came across this cute Patiesserie in San Fransisco website called Recchiuti Confections, own by Pastry Chef Michael Recchiuti. I was browsing and browsing and then there it is my beautiful CREAM PUFFS recipe!!! So, here is the recipe which I hope one day I will try to make. Enjoy. Let me know how it goes if anyone ever try this recipe. Click here to see more. Photo via Recchiuti.

Makes:10-12 Cream Puffs

3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 ounces unsalted butter
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature (plus one egg for glazing, whisked)
whipped cream or ice cream for filling
cocoa powder for finishing

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line the bottom of two 12-by-18 inch sheet pans with parchment paper.
Put the water, salt and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the flour gradually, stirring continuously until a ball forms and comes away from the sides of the saucepan. Remove from heat.
Put the flour mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. NOTE: do not use the whisk attachment; you do not want to incorporate air. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute to allow the steam to evaporate from the mixture.
Reduce the speed to low. Add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. The mixture should appear smooth and shiny.
Using a lightly oiled tablespoon to scoop, place the cream puff batter on the prepared sheet pans, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Brush the tops with the additional whisked egg to glaze.
Bake on the middle shelves of the oven for 10 minutes. Rotate the pans 180 degrees and reduce heat to 325°F. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the cream puffs are a deep, golden brown. Let cool completely on the pans on wire racks.
When cooled completely, horizontally slice the cream puffs and fill with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Dust with cocoa powder to finish.


pchanner said...

Sounds delicious. Have to try it soon. Will let you know how mine turns out. Bet it won't look like the picture though.

181st Child said...

But i bet it will taste gooooood at least!!!