Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Night Treat: Cream Puffs


I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like I am short on time - all the time. That's how I have been feeling this week. We bought a house (or I should say that we live in a house that we have a loan on) last week and moved in over the weekend. We have been cleaning, unpacking, and the new found home ownership responsibility - shoveling snow. And then, we got invited to two dinner parties within a week. Maybe I should have said "no", but instead I said, "What can I bring?" I needed something fast, delicious, and I am always looking for something inexpensive. So, I decided to make cream puffs.

Cream puffs were always my mom's go-to dessert when we had guests over. You can prepare them in advance, they are simple, they look super fancy, and they are cheap. Win-win-win-win. So, I would love to share this delicious recipe with you now!

Cream Puffs

1 C water
1/2 C butter or margarine
1 C all-purpose flour
4 eggs
Pudding or whipped cream (for filling)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 







Bring water and butter to a rolling boil.












Stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.












Beat in eggs, all at one time; continue beating until smooth (you can use a hand mixer if you would like).















Drop dough by a scant 1/4 cup, 3 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet*.














Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from draft. Cut off tops (I like to use a bread knife for this). Pull out any filaments of soft dough.












Carefully fill puffs with pudding or whipped cream. Replace tops. Refrigerate until serving time**.








Yield: 12 cream puffs

*Sometimes my grandma will make a mini-cream puff size - closer to an 1/8 cup each.
**For the dinner party we were attending, I cut the cream puffs in half and brought them in a container unfilled. I then brought chocolate pudding and whipped cream on the side, so the guests could fill their cream puff any way they wanted to.

I love simple recipes! Now, back to the cleaning...and unpacking...
And, I hope you stop by next week because I have some fun Valentine crafts and snacks that I am sooo excited to share with you! See you then!

Have a great weekend!

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8 comments:

  1. Yum!!! These look amazing and I think I now have a dessert for a dinner party I am throwing. Saw you on craft-o-matic.

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    1. And everyone will think you went to tons of work...the best kind of dessert I think! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Oooooh thanks for sharing! I've never made cream puffs before and I didn't realize they were so easy. I'll have to try them out soon :)

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    1. I hope that they work out well for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Oh my goodness.......I'd love for you to share this
    @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party…going on now:)

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  4. trying these out tonight. Can't wait! New follower:>

    www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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    1. How did they turn out? What did you fill them with?

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  5. I just wanted to let you know that I featured you today on Blissful and Domestic!
    Stop by and grab a button:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-kitchen-15-new-delish-recipes.html

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