Cream Puffs (Choux Créme) Recipe

A cream puff, or choux pastry, is a pastry that originated from France. The main ingredients are eggs, flour, and butter. A cream puff appears to be a simple pastry recipe but requires delicate preparation to achieve thick yet smooth pastry cream and a crisp pastry. Cream puffs are perfect for breakfast and afternoon snacks.

Ingredients:

For the Batter:

• 100 ml water
• 3 eggs (beaten)
• 60 grams cake flour
• 60 grams unsalted butter
• Pinch of salt

For the Pastry Cream:

• 400 ml milk
• 4 egg yolks
• 100 grams granulated sugar
• 1/3 vanilla bean pod
• 2 tbsp cake flour
• 2 tbsp cornstarch

For the Whipped Cream:

• 100 ml whipping cream (with 36% fat)
• 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions:

This recipe takes about 90 minutes and makes 12 pieces of cream puffs.

For the Batter:

Preheat oven to 200 C.

Set a pot over a burner.
Add water, unsalted butter, and a pinch of salt.
Switch on the burner to medium heat.
Bring to a boil until butter melts.
When it makes a rolling boil, switch off the heat.
Add cake flour.
Stir well to combine the mixture.
Switch on the burner to medium heat.
Continue stirring the mixture for a few minutes.
Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture into a medium bowl.
Let it cool for a few minutes.
Add the beaten egg into the mixture in portions.
Mix until well combined.
Put the batter in a piping bag.
Set aside.

Prepare a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
Get a 2-inch diameter cup and dust the edges with flour or cornstarch.
Make 12 circles, which will serve as guides for the batter.
Pipe the batter and form a round shape of about half-inch thick in each guide circle.
Damp your finger with water and lightly press each peak of the batter.
Mist the batter with water.
Place inside the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer the pastries to a plate.
Let them cool completely.
Set aside.

For the Pastry Cream:

Set a pot over low heat.
Add milk.

Cut the vanilla bean pod lengthwise.
Extract the seeds by scraping.
Add it to the pot with milk.
Whisk to combine well.
Once it’s starting to boil, switch off the heat.
Set aside.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat four egg yolks.
Add sugar and continue to whisk until color lightens.

Sift in cake flour and cornstarch to the egg yolk mixture.
Whisk until well combined.
Pour 1/3 of the milk mixture into it.
Whisk to dilute the egg yolk.
Add the remaining milk mixture and continue to whisk to combine well.
Strain the mixture into the same pot used.
Switch to low heat.
Continue stirring the mixture until it thickens.
Once it’s starting to bubble, switch off the heat.
Transfer pastry cream to a tray chilled with ice.
Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap and let it cool.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and lightly mix.

In a separate mixing bowl, add sugar and whipping cream.
Whisk using a handheld electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
Add 2/3 of this mixture to the pastry cream.
You can adjust the amount to be added according to your taste.
Mix until well combined.
Place the mixture inside a pipe bag.

Assembly:

Get the pastries and make a diagonal cut on each, but be careful not to cut it all the way across.
Carefully open the pastry and pipe cream into it.
Do this to all pastries.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the pastries.
Serve and enjoy!

Cream Puffs (Choux Créme) Recipe
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYHGO4rvelo



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